When Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was arrested by a contingent of police at his Kitengela home on the day the senate was debating the controversial revenue bill, many blamed it on his hard stand on the bill.
Days later, he would write to Interior CS Fred Matiangi and IG Hillary Mutyambai claiming that his life was in danger.
He alleged that there was a secret plot planned by an assassination squad specifically created to get rid of him.
“I now request your office to take immediate action to enhance the security detail assigned to me, including additional security provided immediately to my family and my residences in Kakamega and Nairobi,” said the senator in a letter.
These happenings coincided with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho missing in action from major ODM events attended by party leader Raila Odinga.
Since Hassan Joho and Suna East Mp Junet Mohammed visited Raila Odinga in Dubai where
he was recuperating from a back surgery, things have since taken a bad turn.
The last time Raila was in Coast, Hassan Joho reportedly did not go to check on his party leader after doctors advised the former PM to rest in warm weather.
Joho is a man who loves taking pictures of every function he attends; and he loves to post them online.
The past two months have been frosty between Raila Odinga and Hassan Joho and there are whispers that political supremacy is to blame for the dwindling relationship between the two.
The stylish Mombasa Governor has his eyes on one day running for presidency on the ODM ticket but there is one stumbling block on his way, Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya.
Raila prefers Oparanya over Joho
Raila has been given preference to the Kakamega Governor and Joho is not a happy man.
With Francis Atwoli running the political show from his Kitengela mansion, Hassan Joho has been banished from the ODM rank and file and whispers have it that it is the reason for the bad blood between him and his party leader.
Apparently, it was Joho who financed Cleophas Malala to buy his Kitengela house where he was arrested last month.
According to a highly placed source, Joho is financing Malala to destabilize Oparanya from
Over the weekend, Raila and his entourage spent at Wycliffe Oparanya’s house.
Raila is gravitating towards Oparanya and is the main cause of Joho’s worry that his political ambitions are at stake.
This coupled with Joho’s silence on Ruto campaigning in his coastal backyard has raised more questions than answers.
In the past the Mombasa Sultan has been a vocal critic of William Ruto and every time the DP criticized the handshake, Joho was always quick to bash him (Ruto) to respect the president and Raila Odinga.
Ruto is now making inroads in Joho’s turf, a hitherto hostile political grounds for the the DP who has his eyes trained on 2022 presidency.
On Sunday in Kakamega, Raila let his cool down and told off Cleophas Malala for his hard line stand on the Revenue Sharing Bill.
“If you are elected as an MP or a Senator, you are supposed to represent the people, the formula has been tabled in the Senate, but you say you do not want to deny funds to people from other counties, are you really elected by the people of Kakamega?
“If there is a Senator that is having their county getting more funds but they reject the formula, it’s not that they love people from other counties, there is a question mark,” quipped Raila.
ODM is set for a clean-up exercise from the grassroots level to the top echelons of the party and there are fears in Joho’s camp that Odinga is tipping Oparanya to take the leadership mantle.