Vocal Kakamega Senator Cleophas Wakhungu Malala has been freed after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dropped charges against him.
Malala had been arrested for allegedly flouting set COVID-19 rules by leading a public gathering in Mumias.
“On the 16th day of August 2020, at around 1430hrs at Bomani Grounds, Mumias West in kakamega county, jointly with others not before court, engaged in a prohibited gathering during restricted period by engaging in a public baraza,” read the police charge sheet in part.
According to the Senator, on the said day, he was distributing face masks and sanitizers donated by the government.
Early Tuesday morning, youth blocked roads leading to Mumias Law Courts demanding the Senator’s release.
They burned tyres on the road and were heard chanting “No Malala, no peace.”
They engaged in fierce confrontation with anti-riot police officers. Calm was restored at around 9 am.
Two other Senators, Steve Lelengwe of Samburu and his Bomet counterpart Dr Christopher Langat were also arrested and questioned before being released on Monday evening.
The arrests are seen to targeted lawmakers opposing the revenue allocation formula which has seen Senators pacting on both sides of the debate.
On Monday, Senators in the absenture of the three could not reach a consensus on the formula to be used to share the Ksh 316 billion among the 47 counties.
A 12 member ad-hoc committee was elected to seek a solution to the revenue sharing ‘tag-of-war.’