Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala freed after DPP drops charges against him

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BY  JOAN WANJIKU 18TH AUG 2020-Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala freed after DPP drops charges against him for allegedly violating Covid-19 rules, his lawyer Nelson Havi says.Ealier on Tuesday morning tenths of  youth barricaded the road leading to the Mumias Law Courts , demanding the unconditional release of the  Senator .

The senator had been arrested for flouting the COVID-19 guidelines.

Videos circulating online showed burning tires on the road.

Anti-riot police officers had a hard time dispersing the youth who engaged them in running battles.

Calm was restored by around 9am.

A police charge sheet said that Senator Malala and others held a public gathering on August 16 at the Bomani Grounds.

“At around 1400 hours at Bomani Grounds Mumias West, jointly with others not before court engaged in a prohibited gathering during restricted period by engaging in a public baraza,” the charge sheet read.

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.

However on Monday senators accused the police of being used to intimidate the three senators among them Malala who were arrested in order to   prevent them from voting during a house session held to  brochure  a truce  on the contentious revenue sharing formula.

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