There was a dramatic standoff in Mumias Police Station as Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala refused 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.
An agitated Malala told off the officers for flouting his constitutional rights
as he had not been booked nor given a chance to write a statement.
“I cannot be forced to get into the room, you will kill me here. Use whatever machinery or ammunition you have but I cannot get into a cell that I know has not been sanitized.”
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
taken to Bomet to answer to charges of inciting his community against their neighbouring Maasai community.
Lang’at was since released on police bond yesterday.
Samburu senator Steve Lelegwe was arrested on his way to parliament although his charges are still unclear.
Even as this happened, the senate was forced to form a 12 member committee to find a solution to the impasse that has threatened to curtail operations in counties.
Malala is expected to be presented in court today to plead to charges of distributing sanitizers in Mumias, in contravention of covid-19 health guidelines.