ANC Party’s Senator Cleophas Malala has lost a bid to block his removal from the deputy minority leader position at the senate.
The Political Parties Dispute Tribunal PPDT on Monday dismissed an application by Malala to protest his removal from the position by the National Super Alliance (NASA) Senators.
The tribunal instead upheld an objection filed by the ODM party, saying that Malala had failed to invoke the set down procedures for Internal Dispute Resolution Mechanism within the coalition.
In April 25, Malala had celebrated a ruling by the court to stay the decision by NASA Senators.
Then, Malala argued that his removal was unprocedural, unilateral, unlawful and violated the NASA coalition agreement.
Senator Malala was ousted from the deputy minority leader position on March 24 and immediately replaced with Kilifi’s Stewart Madzayo, who is a member of ODM.
His ouster revealed the crack in the NASA coalition, with ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and FORD-Kenya’s Moses Wetangula decrying betrayal from ODM.
“I condemn the removal of Senator Cleophas Malala as Senate deputy minority leader. It is selfish, unhelpful, unlawful, vindictive, intolerant, vengeful and against the NASA coalition agreement. It has a direct link to the outcome of the Matungu by-election,” Wetang’ula tweeted soon after Malala’s removal.
“While all manner of excuses will be floated, it is clear to all of us that Malala was removed because of his role in the recent Matungu by-election where the ANC candidate, he campaigned for, won,” Mudavadi said.