UPDATE Thursday August 27: Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala claimed his life is in danger following his arrest on Monday, August 17 on grounds of holding a gathering against COVID-19 regulations.
The Senator wrote to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti to ask for protection.
Malala claimed that a secret squad code named ‘Bravo Zulu Yankee’ has been formed to monitor his movement and have the potential to harm him.
Malala was released on Tuesday, August 18 after spending the night in jail at a Mumias police station.
UPDATE: Tuesday August 18: Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was released on Tuesday following protests in Mumias Town, a day after his dramatic arrest.
Malala was freed after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji dropped charges against him. He had been accused of violating COVID-19 rules.
“I will remain steadfast and my position will still remain that no kind of intimidation can be meted against me. People need to respect parliamentary democracy. Article 1 of the constitution is very clear on the sovereignty of the people of Kenya,” Malala said, linking his arrest to a crucial vote in the Senate that was scheduled to take place on Monday when he was arrested.
UPDATE Monday August 17: Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala finally arrested after hours of standoff with detectives at his Kitengela home, taken to DCI headquarters in Nairobi.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala revealed on Monday August 17 that he will not be intimidated to change his stand on the third generation revenue sharing Bill, even as DCI officers continue camping outside his Kitengela home seeking to arrest him.
Senator Malala, who addressed journalists from the window of his house on Monday, disclosed State machinery is being used to make him bow and change his stand on revenue sharing.
Mr Malala who since locked himself in his house and defied calls by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers to get out quipped that attempts to arrest him without giving a reason are meant to intimidate him.
The senator highlighted over 20 armed officers in five vehicles came to his house at 3am but declined to introduce themselves. He went on to narrate that he knew something was amiss after his security was withdrawn.
He disclosed the officers only identified themselves as having come from the DCI but declined to show any identity, saying they are acting on orders from above.
“No amount of intimidation will make me change my stand on the revenue sharing Bill. Senate must be respected and the same extended to senators. I won’t leave my house even if they bomb it. I fear for my life,” said the besieged senator.
He added that the officers declined to give him the reasons for his impending arrest.
The senator further narrated that the officers disconnected electricity and water to his private residence and caused trauma to his family.
Nominated MP Godfrey Otsosi claimed that “deep state” machinery is intimidating independent legislators to force them to toe the government line.
An angry Mr Otsosi termed the action as barbaric and ruthless to a person of Senator Malala’s calibre.
“Let’s the government come out and tell Kenyans they are turning the country into a banana republic. Kenyans must reject this dictatorship directed at elected leaders,” said Mr Otsosi.