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Cleophas Malala speaks for the first time over his removal as Senate Deputy Minority Leader

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, has spoken for the first time over his ouster as Senate Deputy Minority leader.

Speaking to KTN News on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, the Amani National Congress (ANC) party Senator downplayed his ouster saying he took it happily and courageously.

The vocal ANC legislator claimed that his removal as the Senate Minirity Leader came as a result of ODM’s loss in the Matungu by-election in which ANC candidate Peter Nabulindo won.

“ODM invested heavily in the Matungu by-elections; unfortunately, we outshone them. They are still nursing their injuries from the by-election loss. I believe they were not happy with me as they thought I was the pivot of ANC support, but I take it happily and courageously and I hope to move forward,” Malala said.

The Kakamega lawmaker said that he had no problems with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) as it nurtured him as a young politician.

“I wouldn’t want to castigate ODM so much because ODM has nurtured me. I was elected on its ticket when I was a member of the Kakamega County Assembly, and I became deputy speaker on an ODM ticket. I was the first deputy speaker to be impeached in the county, so I am used to these tribulations,” Malala noted.

However, the former ward representative lashed out at ODM for ‘dominating’ other parties in parliament despite having a coalition agreement with Wiper, ANC and Ford Kenya outfits.

He argued his position, which was awarded to Kilifi senator, Steward Madzayo, should have been given to an ANC member.

The decision to kick out Malala was reached during a National Super Alliance (NASA) Parliamentary Group meeting hastily convened by Siaya senator, James Orengo, who doubles up as Senate minority leader.

During the meeting on Wednesday, March 24, all the 20 ODM senators reportedly appended their signatures in favour of his ouster.

However, a section of senators from other affiliate parties reportedly expressed reservations on the matter but lacked the numbers to stop the plot.

Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and his ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi condemned ODM for the move, terming it selfish.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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