Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has been arrested after he surrendered to police on Monday morning over the uprooting of tea bushes at Kibwari estate on Friday.
Nandi County Police boss Thomas Ngeiywa had ordered the governor to surrender at the nearest police station over malicious damage of property.
According to reports, shortly after presenting himself and recording statements with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at Kapsabet, the police bundled him into a police car and drove away.
Following his arrest, drama ensued forcing police officers to lob tears to disperse his supporters.
Yesterday there were reports that Sang had been arrested, however, his press team termed the reports baseless rumours.
Sang, armed with a power saw, was caught on camera cutting down tea bushes planted on the land said to have been grabbed by individuals.
The governor said that he was acting on complaints from members of the public who decried that the four acres of land reserved for the establishment of public utilities had been grabbed.
“Acting on the complaints from the public and having established ownership of the land held by the county in trust of the public, today I led the community in the recovery of four acres of land, reserved for the establishment of public utilities,” he noted.
At some point, the governor was captured roughing up a man at the tea plantations.
The residents who watched the events burst into song and dance to celebrate what they termed as a victory for the majority who they say had been barred from accessing the land.