Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi was on Sunday put in custody when he presented himself at Langas police station after going missing since a warrant for his arrest was issued over alleged hate speech..
The MP who has been in hiding since Friday when Police raided his Kapseret home showed up at the Police station at 8 am and was immediately locked behind bars
Sudi who was accompanied by MPs Didmus Barasa, Caleb Kostany, Cornelius Serem, Governor Stephen Sang, and Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei is wanted for alleged hate speech and incitement.
The MP was was later flown to Nairobi from the Eldoret Airstrip is expected to record a statement with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).
Uasin Gishu Police commander Johnstone Ipara confirmed that they had been looking for the MP, and lauded him for surrendering to the police. “It is true we have been looking for Sudi to take responsibility for utterances attributed to him during a meeting on Friday,” said Ipara
“Tension that was building up in the area has now reduced, after the MP surrendered,” said Ipara as he appealed to leaders to preach peace for peaceful coexistence and development.
Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Boss Shollei who accompanied the MP also confirmed that Sudi presented himself and was in safe custody of the police.
“Hon. Sudi presented himself voluntarily to the police. Contrary to media reports, there was no warrant of arrest or any summons for Sudi and it is not true that he was on the run,” she said.
“We are satisfied that the law has been followed and there should be no panic at all. We plead with the residents to remain calm as the law takes its course,” Shollei said.
There was drama on Friday night as police surrounded Sudi’s home in a bid to arrest him but he managed to sneak out, despite the officers disconnecting power to the home and gaining entry.
About 100 police officers camped at the MP’s home near Kapseret trading centre along the Eldoret-Kisumu highway for hours.
By Kiptanui Cherono