ODM Starts Process to Demote Sen Malala

  • An image of Raila and Malala
    ODM leader Raila Odinga (left) and Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala (right) conversing at a past event.
    The Standard
  • The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party now wants Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala demoted from his Senate Minority Leader position.

    ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, on Saturday, September 26, disclosed that the party was open to stripping Malala off his position.

    He explained that the party was convinced that Malala was no longer serving the interests of the minority, yet ODM gave him the position and the mandate.

    Sifuna also accused the lawmaker of having dalliances with Deputy President William Ruto among other leaders not in tandem with the agenda of the minority.

    An image of Sifuna
    ODM party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna speaking at a past event.

    "ODM singlehandedly gave Senator Malala that position to push the agenda of the minority side both inside and outside the House, but he has terribly and spectacularly failed.

    "I will personally push for his removal, and my party will not stand in the way of such an idea," Sifuna told Daily Nation

    Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen had on Tuesday, September 15, revealed a plan to oust Malala from his post in the Senate. 

    The senator endured a rough couple of weeks due to his tough stand on the third-generation county revenue allocation formula.

    Former State House digital director Dennis Itumbi had also disclosed that plans were underway to replace the senator.

    This comes just weeks after Malala found himself at loggerheads with his party leader, Amani National Congress boss Musalia Mudavadi over leadership of the Luhya community.

    Their tiff escalated during the Kibra by-election where Malala opted to support the ODM candidate for the seat, against the ANC party leader's wishes.

    Malala, however, asked for forgiveness in early September for going against him for the Luhya leadership stating that he was misguided. Mudavadi accepted his apology.

    At around the same time, ODM leader Raila Odinga picked a fight with the senator for rejecting the third-generation county revenue allocation formula.

    The ODM Party leader questioned whether Malala was elected to represent the people of Kakamega after rejecting the revenue sharing formula.

    ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi in a virtual meeting with 19 EU ambassadors on June 10, 2020
    ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi in a virtual meeting with 19 EU ambassadors on June 10, 2020