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Why Senator Malala was released amid protests

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Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was on Tuesday, August 18 morning released from police custody after the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) dropped all charges against him.

The youthful senator was arrested by DCI detectives on Monday, August 17 at his Kitengela home in Kajiado County, before he was driven to Kakamega. He was arrested for allegedly breaking COVID-19 regulations.

A charge sheet seen by TV47 Digital says that Malala was arrested for allegedly breaking COVID-19 regulations. The charge sheet says Malala was to face charges of disregarding the ban on all forms of gatherings contrary to rule 7 (1) as read with rule 11 of Public Health rule 2020.

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Malala was released unconditionally at around 9 am amid protests among youths in Mumias town in Kakamega County on Tuesday morning.

Bonfires were lit on roads and barricades were erected along the Kakamega-Mumias road. The youth were chanting songs to calling for the release of the senator.

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