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Oscar Sudi hands himself to the police

The two days dramatic search by police of the controversial Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi has ended after he presented himself to Langas Police Station in Uasin Gishu County.

Police have been seeking to arrest the MP over hate speech and incitement claims.

Mr Sudi arrived at the station a few minutes to 8 am Sunday in accompany of his lawyer Gladys Shollei, who is also the Uasin Gishu Woman Representative.

He was also accompanied by and MPs Caleb Kositany (Soy), Cornelius Serem (Aldai), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) and Nandi Governor Stephen Sang among others.

Earlier, police had tried in vain to arrest the Kapseret MP, an ardent defender of Deputy President William Ruto, despite combing his home for more than 10 hours on Friday night.

There was drama after charged youths vowed to clash with a contingent of heavily armed police officers in an attempt to scuttle plans of arresting the lawmaker.

Home barricaded

Tensions were high at Mr Sudi’s residence as tens of police officers barricaded his home in an attempt to capture him.

The youths, who had armed themselves with arrows, bows, clubs and machetes, were ready to face the officers led by Uasin Gishu County Police Commander Johnstone Ipara outside the legislator’s home.

The heavily armed police eventually broke into the residence in the wee hours of Saturday morning but could not find the MP.

At the MP’s residence, all the lights were switched off as senior police officers insisted that they were waiting for dawn so that he could surrender.

The home was literally dark with locals screaming and threatening to attack the police officers with poisoned arrows.

Whereabouts unknown

The security agents arrived at Mr Sudi’s home at around 8.30 pm and camped outside his home until 7.10 am on Saturday when they left with his whereabouts remaining a puzzle, only for him to surrender Sunday morning.

It had emerged that out of seven people arrested at Mr Sudi’s home, two were police officers attached to the Presidential Escort Unit.

The officers were Simon Siengo who was in possession of a Ceska pistol, Issack Dida, who was in possession of a Jericho pistol and C.I Ekiru who is suspected to have fled the compound alongside the MP.

During the operation, one General Service Unit officer was injured on his right-hand thumb in the process of gaining entry. He was allegedly injured by the MP’s guard identified as Samuel Kibiwot who also sustained gunshot wounds on both his right and left shoulders.

Watch the action unfold in the video below.

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At least 50 people are thought to have died when an artisanal gold mine collapsed near Kamituga in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday afternoon, a local mining NGO said.

The cave-in occurred on the “Detroit” mine site at around 3 p.m. local following heavy rains, said Emiliane Itongwa, president of the Initiative of Support and Social Supervision of Women.

“Several miners were in the shaft which was covered and no one could get out. We are talking about 50 young people,” Itongwa said.

Photos and videos on social media showed hundreds of people, some of whom could be heard wailing on a hillside around the mine-shaft entrance. Learn More

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