Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala has been released after spending night in jail cell.
According to his lawyer, Nelson Havi, the arrest was politically motivated.
This was after Mumias youth engaged police in running battles as they demanded his release.
The senator, a member of Team Kenya that is opposed to the Revenue Allocation Formula, was arrested on Monday at his Kitengela home.
Malala was charged with engaging in a prohibited public baraza.
“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.
But according to him, he was giving his people sanitizers and face masks donated by the national government.
The youth have this morning set tires on fire prompting the police to lob teargas.
Last night, the senator declined to get into the cell over covid-19 fears, telling officers that he would not get into a cell which is not sanitized nor has water.
The fierce legislator had arrived late into the night in Mumias in the company of DCI officers following his arrest at his Kitengela home.
Malala wondered why after traveling 8 hours from Nairobi, he could not be given cash bail, saying that his offense was petty and deserved to be treated fairly.
“I have traveled 8 hours to be here and you are not giving me cash bail why? I cannot get into a cell that is not sanitized. What if I get infected with coronavirus in here? Do you have sanitizers there? Do you have water there?” asked a frustrated Malala.
He further said that the political intimidation will not make him change his stand on the county revenue sharing bill.
“This political, as they are trying to intimidate me to vote otherwise but I have said I will maintain that stand, today, tomorrow and even next year.”
Yesterday, Malala was among 2 other senators arrested as the senate reconvened to debate the contentious county revenue sharing bill for the 9th time.
Bomet senator Christopher Lang’at was arrested at his home in Nairobi and his Samburu counterpart Steve Lelegwe to his home county.