Drama as Senator Cherargei prevents witness from being cross-examined –

Drama erupted at the Milimani courthouse on Tuesday after Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei got into an altercation with the trial judge.

The senator, who faces hate speech charges, was arrested Monday at a hearing overshadowed by his refusal to allow the court to cross-examine a witness without the presence of his lawyer.

Cherargei asked for a postponement because his lawyer was in another court.

The lawmaker said the police in court were intimidating him and denying him access to his lawyer, hence the chaos seen in court.

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The politician was seen confronting a police officer and the magistrate as he asked for time to speak to his lawyer.

“Why am I intimidated? I thought the courts were safe? They even call a police inspector! These are hostilities! Cherargei is heard screaming.

The senator also refused to be led out of the session by the police for causing trouble.

Finally, the court ordered DP loyalist William Ruto to be investigated for disobeying court and disturbing public order by the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Inspector General of Police, with the intention of filing a criminal complaint against him.

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Cherargei has denied accusations of ethnic contempt under the National Cohesion and Integration Act stemming from comments he made at a public event in 2019.

“We are not squatters in this Kenya and if they want us we will walk on each other until they know they don’t know or we will shut down this country,” the senator said then.

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