Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has criticized the removal of Cleophas Malala from the influential Senate Deputy Minority position where he was replaced by an ODM loyalist.
Wetangula said the action had a direct link to ODM’s loss in the Matungu by-election where a candidate allied to Malala’a ANC party won.
“ I condemn the removal of senator Cleophas Malala as Senate Deputy Minority leader. It is selfish, unhelpful, unlawful …and against the spirit of NASA coalition agreement. It has a direct link to outcome of Matungu by-election,” he said through a statement posted on twitter.
Senators allied to the now inactive National Super Alliance (NASA) which brought together ODM, Ford-K, Wiper party, and ANC convened on Wednesday morning to effect Malala’s removal after surviving several such attempts.
Speaking on the choice of Senator Mazdayo after Malala’s ouster, Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Beatrice Kwamboka, said Kilifi County gave ODM 100 percent votes and is thus loyal.
“All MPs, MCAs, Woman Reps, governors, and senators were elected on ODM tickets,” boasted Kwamboka, saying the Coast region is their party’s stronghold.
It does not help matters for Malala that now his party leader Musalia Mudavadi has fallen out with ODM party leader Raila Odinga and has no numbers in the senate.
Mudavadi is part of the sacred alliance bringing together Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
The alliance is seen as a threat to Raila Odinga’s path to the presidency in 2022.
Malala is not new to controversy and never shies away from taking on perceived political opponents even within the NASA coalition which his party belongs to.
He has for instance been squabbling with Kakamega governor Wyclieffe Oparanya ever since he joined politics as an MCA in 2013.