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Where is Malala? Questions Emerge After UDA Sec General Cleophas Malala Skips Kenya Kwanza Parliamentary Meeting

by Paul Nyongesa
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The unexplained absence of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary General Cleophas Malala at a crucial Kenya Kwanza parliamentary group meeting has sparked widespread speculation and raised questions about his current status within the party.

The meeting, convened by President William Ruto at State House, Nairobi, on Tuesday, was a significant gathering intended to deliberate on the contentious Finance Bill 2024 before its presentation in parliament.

Despite being a key figure in the ruling party, Malala’s no-show has fueled rumors and intensified scrutiny over his role and influence within the UDA.

His presence was particularly anticipated given his responsibility to help shape the party’s stance on critical national issues. A seat marked “Secretary General” was conspicuously reserved for him next to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Kakamega Senator Bony Khalwale.


While some initial reports suggest that scheduling conflicts might be the reason for Malala’s absence, deeper investigations point to underlying tensions within the party.

Sources indicate growing dissatisfaction with Malala’s leadership, with accusations of defying party directives, interfering in grassroots elections, and fostering divisions.

A recent petition by Joseph Khalende, chairperson of the founding members association, calling for Malala’s expulsion from the party underscores these internal conflicts.

The petition, addressed to party chairperson Cecily Mbarire, accuses Malala of gross misconduct and constitutional violations. This move has highlighted the friction within the UDA as it prepares for internal elections to appoint new officials.

In response to these accusations, Malala has dismissed the claims, attributing them to internal party cartels opposed to his reforms aimed at ensuring professional management of the party’s finances and operations.

“I have made it impossible to steal from the party. They cannot come here for Sh1 million or Sh5 million which they want to use over the weekend. I have made it very difficult for the cartels,” Malala said.

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