Cleophas Malala Accuses Sifuna Of Plotting Ouster As Senate Deputy Minority Leader

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party is looking to replace Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala as the deputy minority leader in the senate.

The post is likely to be handed to a leader from the coast region.

On Thursday, party secretary general Edwin Sifuna met with four senators; Steward Madzayo (Kilifi), Issa Boy Juma (Kwale), Jones Mwaruma (Taita Taveta) and Mohammed Faki of Mombasa.

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ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna addressing the media on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Image/Courtesy

The four unanimously chose Madzayo as the best candidate to replace Malala.

Speaking to the Nation, Malala who had since returned to his original party – Amani National Congress – blamed Sifuna for his woes.

“I know Baba is not for it. It is Sifuna who has been pushing for this because of our differences in Western Kenya,” the legislator said.

“I have been very faithful but will live to fight another day if that is what they have decided.”

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Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala. [Courtesy]
But according to Sifuna, the lawmaker is paying for his greed and should therefore carry his own cross.

On whether the coast leaders can really oust him, Malala said they do not have the numbers but will have to seek help from other senators.

“They will have to seek support from others. If it is about my stand on the revenue-sharing formula, let everybody know that there was no official coalition position,” he continued.

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Cleophas Malala Addressing the Media Recently. PHOTO/COURTESY

“It is a stab in the back and I leave everything to God. It is unfortunate that after we succeeded together, they are now part of the team working for my removal.”

Malala was elected to deputise Siaya senator James Orengo in May 2018.



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