Chaos and confrontation characterized a better part of Tuesday morning in Mumias after rowdy youth barricaded the roads leading to Mumias Law Courts.
The youth demanded an unconditional release of Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala who was arrested on Monday for allegedly flouting COVID-19 guidelines.
Videos circulating online showed a fierce confrontation between Anti-riot police and the youth who burned tyres on the road.
Senator Malala was arrested at his Kitengela home and transported to his home county awaiting hearing and determination of charges.
A police charge sheet said that Senator Malala, on August 16, in the company of other politicians, held a public gathering at the Bomani grounds.
“At around 2.00 pm at Bomani Grounds in 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 in part.
According to Senator Malala, on the said day, he was distributing face masks and hand sanitizers provided by the government.
Through his twitter, Malala said he arrived safely at the Mumias Police Station.
“I have arrived safely at the Mumias Police Station, awaiting court proceedings tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the charges against me, from a government that gave me sanitizers and face masks to distribute to my people.”
I have arrived safely at the Mumias Police station, awaiting court proceedings tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, the charges against me, from a government that gave me sanitizers and face masks to distribute to my people. pic.twitter.com/6LHdAImnlX
— Cleophas Malalah (@Cleophasmalala) August 17, 2020
Malala and other two Senators; Steve Lelengwe of Samburu and Christopher Langat of Bomet were arrested in what other Senators said was a result of opposing the revenue allocation formula.
Senator Lelengwe and Langat were questioned and released on Monday evening after recording statements with the police.