Tension after news of fire at former ambassador’s home

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 00:00 |
Former Ambassador to Australia Stephen Tarus.

Wycliffe Kipsang

Police in Nandi County were forced to rush to the home of former  Ambassador to Australia Stephen Tarus on Sunday evening after word went round that his house had been set ablaze by unknown people.

Chesumei sub-county police boss Bosita Omokolongoro however said there was nothing wrong at the home of the former Assistant Minister when officers arrived.

“We got alarmed after information went round on social media purporting that the home in Segut was on fire. We however established that the house is intact,” said Omokolongoro.

On Saturday, Tarus, a staunch supporter of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga clashed with  Kapsaret  MP Oscar Sudi, a close ally to Deputy President William Ruto during the burial of slain star athlete Agnes Tirop at her Kapnyamisa home in Nandi County.

Trouble started after Sudi hit out at Tarus over his remarks directed at the DP during Odinga’s tour of Uasin-Gishu last week.

Tarus had accused the DP for doing little for Rift Valley people including addressing the plight of maize farmers despite being the second in command.

“Even if you hate Ruto, please have some form of decorum and avoid name calling,” said Sudi.

Tarus who has claimed his life was in danger was yesterday expected to record a statement at Mosoriot Police Station in Chesumei sub county Nandi County.

He has attributed his woes to his move to support Odinga’s 2022 presidential bid vowing that he will not be intimidated.

“I received misleading information that my house had been burnt but it’s not true.

The false reports are being spread by leaders who act with impunity who want to create tension,” said the former Emngwen MP. 

Tarus called on members of the Kalenjin community to tolerate and accept people with divergent views.

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