Senators condemn arrest of Kakamega Senator Malala


Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala addressing a past media briefing. PHOTO| COURTESY
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala addressing a past media briefing. PHOTO| COURTESY

A section of legislators led by Siaya Senator James Orengo have condemned the continued detention of Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala terming it as intimidation.

Orengo says they read ill motive in the arrest, adding that Malala had even raised the issue of Matungu insecurity at the senate and could not be the one behind the killings.

According to the Siaya Senator, police had no grounds to detain Malala for the entire weekend since Friday when he was arrested.

Speaking at Central Police Station in Kisumu where they paid the Kakamega Senator a visit, Orengo said Malala should be released unconditionally.

“This is not the first time this is happening to Senator Malala. During the resist movement he was charged with an offence almost related to treason and if you can remember, that thing did not go anywhere although he was detained for some period. We hope this is not a continued persecution of Senator Malala… But we are ready to fight anything they will bring against him…” said Orengo.

Migori Senator Ochilo Ayako says police ought to have done their investigations prior, instead of hounding the Senator into police cells adding that the arrest is political.

“Somebody is trying to make a political statement. Senator Malala is not a flight risk… So arresting him in the manner it was done and detaining him in a police station is perhaps trying to misuse state power,” said Senator Ochilo.

Similar sentiments were shared by Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang.

“We hope this process will not turn into a circus and we also hope it will not be anbother way of settling political scores,” added Kajwang.

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