Intimidation of senators on revenue bill wrong, very wrong, says DP Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto in Karen on August 18, 2020/ DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto has called out the harassment of three senators of the division of revenue voting in the Senate on Monday.

“The bipartisan Senate Committee to build win-win consensus is great wisdom and leadership. The abuse of police and criminal justice to bully citizens, threaten and intimidate leaders and now blackmail senate is wrong. Very Wrong. It’s not the reason millions woke up early to vote for us,” Ruto said on Twitter.

The Deputy President was reacting to the arrest of three senators on Sunday night on Monday morning.

DCI detectives arrested Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), Christopher Lang’at (Bomet) and Steve Lelegwe (Samburu) over trumped up charges.

Malala was released without any charges, while Langat only recorded a statement.

Their colleagues at the Senate said the arrests were to ensure they don’t vote on the controversial and divisive division of revenue bill.

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr said arresting the three senators ostensibly to allow their delegations to vote failed miserably after the speaker allowed the letters of senators Malala and Dr Langat denying anyone the right to vote on their behalf.

This was echoed by Kipchumba Murkomen who said, “Because of Speaker Ken Lusaka‘s decision the evil schemes of those who arrested Senators Malala, Langat and Lelegwe on spurious allegations were reduced to nothing. The benefit they were to derive from their absence was no more. In effect the Speaker protected the integrity of the Senate”.

The move to release the senator without pressing charges could perhaps signal a disjointed working relationship between the DCI and the DPP.

Malala spent the night at the Mumias police station after he declined to enter the holding cells saying it was not fumigated.

On Tuesday, Malala supporters demonstrated in Mumias town demanding for his release.

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