Senator Malala freed as DPP drops charges against him

Senator Malala freed as DPP drops charges against him

Kakamega Senator Cleopas Malala has been freed after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dropped all charges against him.

Senator Malala had been arrested for flouting COVID-19 rules according to a police charge sheet seen by Citizen Digital.

On Tuesday morning rowdy youth barricaded the road leading to the Mumias Law Courts and lit tyres on the road.

They then engaged a contingent of anti-riot police officers in running battles for the better part of the morning.

The police lobbed teargas at the protesters, with calm returning at around 9am.

On Monday, Malala accused police officers of overstepping their mandate and authority in their attempt to arrest him on Monday morning, however vowing that he will not leave with the officers alone but only in the company of his lawyers and security team.

The officers reportedly camped outside the Kitengela home of the legislator from around 3a.m claiming they were sent by a superior to bring in Malala for questioning.

Speaking to Citizen TV on Monday mid-morning, Malala alleged that the cops cut off his power and water supply in order to frustrate and intimidate him into surrendering.

“From 3a.m to around 10a.m, they disconnected power and I was in darkness…they disconnected water…so it is very unfortunate that the police can go this low,” he said.

“We were pushing for police reforms, little did we know that these police reforms would be more detrimental than what they were in the previous era.”

Malala, at the time of publishing, remained locked in his house saying he would not come out for fear of his life until the officers allow him to at least be accompanied by his bodyguards and a lawyer to whichever police station they intended on taking him to.