AfricaPress-Kenya: Party bosses of the nascent One Kenya Alliance have criticised the decision by the Orange Democratic Movement to kick out Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala (pictured) from the position of Deputy Minority Leader.
The alliance brings together Mr Wetang’ula, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi, and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi.
“We condemn the ousting of Senator Malala by a section of members without any consultations. These sideshows will not derail our focus as an alliance,” said Wetang’ula.
Speaking at a hotel in Nairobi yesterday, Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula said the move marked the start of their journey to traverse the country to popularise the alliance, as well as roll out their 2022 plans once the Covid-19 rules ease.
Malala, an ANC party member, was removed after 20 ODM senators signed a petition to replace him with Kilifi’s Stewart Madzayo. The senator was accused of disrespecting Nasa co-principals, but party bosses read malice in his ouster.
Kalonzo said the senator was being punished for his support for Mudavadi. “He has stood out as a promising young leader. I saw him in Matungu and he is fearless and strong. Why should one be punished for being fearless in what they believe in?”
The ANC leader said: “In politics, these are some of the sacrifices that are made to underpin the need for freedom and democracy. Senator Malala is not alone because there are other Kenyans who stand with him.”
Meanwhile, the coalition partners have resolved not to field candidates in three by-elections in Juja, Garissa and Bonchari in deference to the Jubilee Party.
“The reciprocation we are going to give Jubilee is in return for what they have done to us. We agreed as One Kenya Alliance to pull out all candidates in the coming by-elections in order to give the party a head-start and a sure win,” said Gideon.
Kalonzo said Jubilee was an ‘integral part’ of the alliance and that their support in the by-elections was ‘well deserved’.