Nandi Senator Kiprotich Cherargei was released on Ksh300,000 cash bail or Ksh500,000 bond after being arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts over inflammatory remarks.
The senator had been arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
According to the statement by the DCI, Cherargei was nabbed over hateful remarks he allegedly made.
“Nandi Senator Samson Kiprotich Cherargei has been arrested by DCI detectives following his hateful utterances at Kilibwoni Primary School on 17th August 2019.
“The suspect will be taken to court today (December 3) to face charges of ethnic contempt,” added the statement.
He was believed to have violated Section 62 (1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act and Incitement to Violence contrary to Section 96 (a) of the Penal Code.
In a video that went viral, Cherargei had called for the profiling of people who were talking ill of the deputy president.
“…Now we want to tell NCIC to be careful because Raila Odinga and his protegees want to to bring the narrative of 2007/2008 of saying 40 against 1, they want to isolate the Kalenjin nation but God lives in kalenjin nation is part of Kenya, and we are proud to be Kenyans, sinamna hiyo, eehh bwana! Hi Kenya sisi si squatters, na wakitakita hii Kenya tutakanyagana mpaka wajue hawajui eeh! Ama tufunge hii Kenya, if that is what they think hapana sisi we are also Kenyans,” the charge sheet reads.
According to DCI the words uttered by the lawmaker were calculated to stir ethnic hatred by the Kalenjin Community against other Kenyan communities.