Nandi senator Samson Cherargei was on Tuesday welcomed like a VIP(very important person) at NTV hours after he was involved in a bitter exchange with a judge.
Senator Cherargei had attended a night interview at NTV together with Narok senator Ledama Ole Kina.
However, Kenyans were too quick to take offense with the television station and accused them of condoning impunity.
According to these netizens, NTV ought to have stood with the judiciary by not giving a chance to the Nandi senator following his daytime drama in court.
Samson Cheragei, who is facing hate speech charges, had been arraigned on Monday in a hearing that was controversial after he refused the court to cross-examine a witness without his lawyer.
The Nandi senator wanted the hearing to be adjourned because his lawyer was representing another client in a different court.
The drama worsened after the senator claimed that the police officers were harassing and denying him the opportunity to consult his lawyers. He accused the men in uniform of intimidating him.
Videos seen by Sonko News showed Samson Cherargei engaging a police officer and the magistrate, demanding to be given time to talk to his lawyers.
“Why am I being intimidated? I thought courts are safe? They are even calling a police inspector! These are hostilities!” Cherargei called out.
Despite causing disturbance, the legislator refused to be escorted outside the court by the police officers as ordered by the presiding female judge.
Consequently, the court ordered the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Inspector General of police to investigate the senator for court contempt and causing disturbance and prosecute him for that.
In the meantime, Cheragei denied the charges of ethnic contempt contrary to the National Cohesion and Integration Act for remarks he made at a public function in 2019.
“We are not squatters in this Kenya and if they want, we will step on each other until they know they actually don’t know or we will close down this country,” said the senator then.