An employee of former Eldoret East MP accused of threatening to kill a businessman!

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-Armed with a sharp panga, Lagat is said to have confronted the businessman who was inspecting his 3-acre piece of land that is adjacent to the former law maker’s property-

Sammy Kipruto Lagat at the Eldoret Court

An employee of former Eldoret East MP Joseph Lagat accused of threatening to kill a prominent Eldoret businessman was yesterday arraigned in court and denied the charge.

The accused, Sammy Kipruto Lagat who was unrepresented appeared before Eldoret Senior Resident Magistrate Richard Odenyo.

Lagat, who looked shaken in the dock, was accused of threatening to kill Duncan Kitur with a panga on September 15, 2023 at Chemaluk area along the Eldoret-Iten highway in Uasin Gishu County.

The packed court heard that Lagat uttered the words:”Niliambiwa na mdosi wangu kwamba wewe ni adui na ni mgeni kwa hii shamba na unafaa kukatwa na panga ndio usirudi hapa tena ( I was told by my boss that you are an enemy and a visitor on this land and you deserve to be cut with a panga so as not to return here.

Armed with a sharp panga, Lagat is said to have confronted the businessman who was inspecting his 3-acre piece of land that is adjacent to the former law maker’s property.

He is said to have demanded an explanation from the complainant about his mission on the land while wielding the machete on his right hand as he declared him a trespasser.

Drama ensued forcing the businessman to flee from his property to save his life under the hands of the accused before reporting the incident at Chepkanga police station.

The accused went underground on learning that police were hunting him in connection with the incident.

He was later arrested by the sleuths following a tip off from members of the public and arraigned in court over the matter.

The prime parcel of land is at the centre of ownership dispute between the businessman and the former MP.

The magistrate directed that the accused be released on a bond of sh 70,000 with surety of similar amount.

He set mention of the case on November 30.

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