DPP orders release of Ex sports CS Echesa , Senator Malala from police custody

DPP orders release of Ex sports CS Echesa , Senator Malala from police custody. Courtesy.

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has been released from police custody.

His release  came shortly after the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji ordered immediate release of the senator and former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.

The two were arrested on Friday over links to recent Matungu killings that have left 12 people dead and over 30 injured.

In a statement issued Sunday evening, the DPP said investigations into the matter are incomplete and evidence is insufficient, hence, the four; Echesa, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, MP Justus Murunga and MCA Libinus Odour be released.

“After discussions with the Inspector General, it is clear that investigations are at an advanced stage but incomplete. The evidence so far gathered does not meet the requisite threshold. Consequently, I have directed the DCI through the IG to have the Matungu brutal killings thoroughly investigated and the resultant files submitted to my office for perusal and directions,” said the DPP.

However, Haji noted that the two and their co-accused are required to report to police on Monday.

Earlier, Supporters of Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala on Sunday night stormed Kisumu Central Police Station to demand the senator’s release from custody.

Earlier, word went round that the Director of Public Prosecution Mr Noordin Haji had ordered Mr Malala’s release.

The supporters, who went to the station at around 5 pm, carried food which they had prepared for the legislator.

They however, became impatient and started shouting, chanting and dancing at 7.30pm as they demanded the senator’s release.

Police officers were forced to push the supporters and journalists who were at the OB section before anti-riot police arrived to disperse the crowd which was building up.