Kenya — Senate Speaker Asks for Explanations on Arrests

  • Turkana Senator Professor Malachi Ekai said Senator Lelengwe was arrested in connection with a livestock theft case in Samburu County.
  • Security officials surrounded Mr. Malala's residence and Dr. Lang'at claimed they had been sent by "our superiors" to arrest them.
  • Bungoma County's Deputy Chief Clerk was charged with theft of the county's 2020-2021 budget documents.

Kenneth Lusaka, Speaker of the Kenyan Senate, on Tuesday ordered Security Minister Fred Matiang’i and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to appear before the Senate to explain the arrest of three senators on Monday morning. The three had been preparing to attend a Senate session to discuss the funding system.

Kenneth Makelo Lusaka is the 2nd and current speaker of the Kenyan Senate. Previously, he served as the 1st Governor of Bungoma County in Kenya.

The three Senators were Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), Christophet Lang’at (Bomet), and Stephen Lelengwe (Samburu), and were arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Unit (DCI).

Security officials surrounded Mr. Malala’s residence and Dr. Lang’at claimed they had been sent by “our superiors” to arrest them while Mr. Lelengwe was arrested in the River Side area on his way to the parliament building.

Mr. Lusaka asked Dr. Matiang’i and Mr. Mutyambai to appear before the Senate Security Committee to explain the reasons for the senators’ arrest. “This parliament would like to be informed if the arrests of the three have anything to do with the role of senators and in particular the issue of the inter-county funding system,” he said.

However, Senator Malala earlier told reporters at his home in Kitengela that he had been informed that police officers had been sent to arrest him for distributing sanitation in Mumias town on Sunday. It was alleged that Senator Malala conducted the operation without complying with the Ministry of Health’s regulations to control COVID-19, like not gathering large numbers of people in one place.

“The truth is that these are conspiracies to intimidate me and prevent me from coming to parliament to fulfill my role as Kakamega senator by opposing the system of funding that will divide this nation,” he said.

Turkana Senator Professor Malachi Ekai said Senator Lelengwe was arrested in connection with a livestock theft case in Samburu County. Dr. Langat’s lawyer Nelson Havi said his client had been arrested for allegedly swearing in 200 youths to attack members of the Maasai community.

However, Mr. Lelengwe and Lang’at were released on Monday evening after being brought to Samburu by Bomet, respectively, while Malala was released on Tuesday.

County Officer Fired Over Document Theft

Bungoma County is a county in the former Western Province of Kenya. Its capital is Bungoma or Bungoma Town. It has a population of 1,670,570 of which 812,146 are males 858,389 females as per the 2019 census.

Bungoma County’s Deputy Chief Clerk was charged with theft of the county’s 2020-2021 budget documents. Francis Simiyu denied two charges against him before Kibera senior magistrate Charles Mwaniki Kamau. Simiyu was indicted four days after activist Barasa Nyukuri was released by Mr. Kamau and filed a motion to oust Governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati.

The motion to oust Mr. Wangamati was scheduled to be tabled in Bungoma County Assembly on Tuesday. Mr. Nyukuri was released on Monday unconditionally, and the judge traveled to Bungoma to present a motion to show the door to Governor Wangamati.

The judge even ordered the police not to arrest Mr. Nyukuri while traveling on Monday night. Police were demanding that Mr. Nyukuri be detained for 15 days but the court ruled that “the request was unconstitutional and dismissed it.”

The judge was informed by lawyers Suyianka Lempaa and Bryan Khaemba, police are being misused by politicians to suppress Mr. Nyukuri’s rights. Releasing Mr. Nyukuri, the judge said “the reasons for the activist’s arrest were political.”

The accused denied the two charges and asked for his release on bail. Prosecutor George Obiri did not oppose Mr. Simiyu’s request for bail. The magistrate ordered the accused to pay Sh30,000 cash in cash.

The first indictment against Simiyu claimed that on July 7 in the Bungoma county parliamentary offices he stole a file from the technology and management department which contained estimates of expenditure in the 2020-2021 budget.

The second indictment alleges that the accused was found with the file at a petrol station on Langataa Street in Nairobi on August 6, 2020, knowing it was stolen or illegally obtained.

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