Nandi Governor Stephen Sang was on Tuesday charged with malicious damage to property, incitement to violence and abuse of office.
Governor Sang denied all three charges and was released on Sh1 million bond or Sh500,000 cash bail.
For the malicious damage to property charge, Sang is accused of destroying tea bushes on Kibware Tea Estate on June 8.
For the incitement charge, Sang is accused of saying, “You members of the public arm yourselves and deal with anyone who interferes or enters repossessed land which was earlier grabbed by Kibware Tea Farm.”
He is accused of uttering the statement on June 8 on Kibware Farm.
For abuse of office, Sang is accused of using two county tractors to destroy tea bushes.
Sang was arraigned at the High Court in Kisumu over invasion of Kibwarer farm.
The magistrate dismissed an application to stop the governor from being charged and taking plea, saying it lacked merit.
The case will be heard on September 19.