Senator Malala arrested after a 10-hour standoff

Monday, August 17th, 2020 16:32 |
Kakamega Senator Cleopas Malala on Monday Afternoon during his arrest PHOTO/PD/Christine Musa

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was on Monday afternoon arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers at his Kitengela home after a 10-hour dramatic standoff.

Senators Kipchumba Murkomen(Elgeyo Marakwet), Mutula Kilonzo Junior(Makueni), Johnson Sakaja(Nairobi), Aaron Cheruyiot(Kericho), Ledama Ole Kina(Narok)
Stewart Madzayo(Kilifi) attempted to shield Malala, engaging the detectives in bitter exchanges for an hour arguing for solidarity.

The furious legislatures also demanded to be arrested saying the arrest of Malala was intimidation over the third-generation revenue sharing bill.

After heated exchanges, the detectives said Malala was being arrested because of defying the government protocols while distributing sanitizers in his county on Sunday.

After the altercation, the senators finally relented demanding to be shown the identity of the officers and have someone accompany him in the detectives' vehicle.

Malala was accompanied by Nominated Member of Parliament Godfrey Osotsi with other Senators following him.

Detectives indicated they were taking him to the DCI headquarters.

Earlier on, the detectives who arrived at the Senator's home at 3 am had declined to give a reason for his arrest.

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