Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala Arrested

  • Kakamega Senator Malala addressing a press conference in the company of other leaders in a previous event. Facebook
  • Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was, on Friday, arrested by DCI detectives in Kisumu County.

    He was apprehended at Sovereign Hotel, Kisumu, in what appeared to be an ambush as he left his phone behind.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, a worker at the hotel who had the Senator's phone stated that the officers walked into the premises and took the legislator with them.

    "They did not state their reason for arresting him, and at this time we have no information on what could have led to his arrest," the hotel representative stated.

    Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala speaking to the press in a previous event.

    According to reports, Senator Malala was taken in for questioning over the alleged connection with the Matungu killings in his county.

    He is currently detained at Kisumu Central Police Station.

    Earlier on, Mayoni Ward MCA Libinus Oduor was also arrested over the incidences.

    The ongoing operation in the area was ordered on Thursday when Interior CS Fred Matiang'i visited the area following weeks of attacks that left more than 20 people dead.

    Before the arrests, the CS had announced that police were still following what he termed 'crucial leads' linking local politicians and that in a few days, the politicians would be arrested to record statements in relation to the bizarre killings.

    After the tour of the area, the CS ordered the deployment of GSU officers in the area in a bid to flash out the criminal elements that had been giving residents sleepless nights.

    From left: Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Western Regional Commissioner Anne Ngetich at Bulimbo Primary School in Matungu on May 16, 2019.