Amani National Congress, ANC party, and FORD-Kenya have condemned the removal of Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala from the Deputy Minority leadership position in the Senate. Through its official social media pages, ANC said that Malala was appointed into that capacity as a Nasa representative and has vowed to revisit the decision.
“We consider this as a hostile action from ODM and will not take it lying down. We will revisit,” ANC tweeted hours after Malala’s removal.
Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula said Malala’s removal was linked to the recently concluded Matungu by-election which the ANC candidate won resigning ODM to second place. Wetangula through his Twitter account said the removal was selfish, vengeful and against the NASA agreement.
A NASA Senate Parliamentary Group meeting summoned by Senate Minority leader James Orengo, endorsed the ejection of Malala as Senate Deputy Minority Leader, on accounts of misconduct and disrespect. Malala will be replaced by his Kilifi counterpart Steward Madzayo of the ODM party.
The removal of Malala from the lucrative position is the final stage of NASA coalition disintegration. The first sign of NASA’s fallout was in 2018 when Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula was exed as the minority leader and was replaced by Siaya Senator James Orengo.