– Malala accused the Interior CS and the Inspector General of political witch hunt following his arrest on Friday, May 17
– He was released from police custody on Sunday evening alongside former Sports CS Rashid Echesa
– The two politicians were arrested in connection with the brutal killings in Matungu, Kakamega county
Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala has been released from police custody following a directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji on Sunday, May 19, and the free politician is now spoiling for a fight.
He has threatened to drag to court Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai over his rather dramatic arrest on May 17.
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Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala was arrested on Mmay 17 in connection with the Matungu killings. He was released from police custody on May 19. Photo: Malala.
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Addressing the press on Sunday evening shortly after his release from police custody where he was held for about two days, Malala accused Matiang’i and Mutyambai of political witch hunt in the name of arresting suspects in the Matungu mass murders.
“I have been released unconditionally, and I want to sue the IG and CS Matiang’i because I have been reliably told that they are the ones who advised the regional office to arrest us, and it was purely political.
They had to balance the two political factions…they (regional police bosses) had been told to arrest two people from Tanga Tanga and arrest two people from the handshake side. It is a political gimmick…” the senator protested.
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The outspoken Malala also took offence with the kind of questions he was asked by the police whom he alleged unsuccessfully tried to link him to the Matungu murders when he was in custody.
“The questions were shallow and shoddy and I do not think they even meet the prerequesite of a serious allegation before the court of law,” he claimed.
Malala was released from custody alongside former Sport CS Rashid Echesa.
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In a statement sent to newsrooms on Sunday evening, the DPP said he held a discussion with IG Mutyambai and concluded that investigation into the killings in Matungu was at advance stage but incomplete.
“The evidence gathered so far does not meet the requisite threshold. Consequently, I have directed the DCI through the IG to have the Matungu brutal killings investigated thoroughly and the resultant files be submitted to my office for perusal and direction.
In the meantime, I further directed that the suspects be forthwith released on P52 pending the said investigations and report back to police on Monday, May 20, at 10am without fail,” the statement read.
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Malala and Echesa were ambushed and arrested by police on May 17 and taken in for questioning over the deadly attacks in Matungu.
Also arrested was Mayoni MCA Libinus Oduor whose ward was the centre of the chilling and bloody murders.
Matungu had experienced a wave of mysterious night assaults in the recent months but the situation appeared to had escalated in the beginning of May 2019.
Police records showed at least 13 people were killed while over 30 residents sustained various body injuries.
Top government officials led by Matiang’i visited the volatile village on May 16 and ordered deployment of dreaded GSU officers.
The Interior CS warned perpetrators to voluntarily surrender because they would eventually be smoked out.
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