Malala released, as DPP cites lack of evidence

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala addresses crowd in Mumias | PHOTO COURTESY

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has been released from police custody after a dramatic arrest – By Gerald Gekara.

According to his lawyer LSK chairman Nelson Havi, the Director of Public Prosecution said there was insufficient evidence to prefer charges against the Senator, opting to release the senator.

The dramatic arrest at his Kitengela home saw officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations bundle up the senator in police cars, driving him all the way to his home county.

In the video that went viral on Monday, Malala was reportedly accused of distributing sanitizers against COVID-19 committee regulations. He was surrounded at 4 am and after putting up a fight alongside senators, Malala was whisked away by security officers.

The arrest, together with Bomet Senator Lang’at and Samburu Senator Steve Lelegwe led to an adjournment of the crucial division of revenue debate after senators protested the arrest of the three.

Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen accused ‘hidden hands’ for what he termed as well planned scheme to have the senators forfeit their vote in the division of revenue bill.

“Because of @SpeakerKLusaka‘s decision the evil schemes of those who arrested Senators Malala, Langat&Lelegwe on spurious allegations were reduced to nothing. The benefit they were to derive from their absence was no more.”