Meeting that led to Mudavadi allowing Malala to join Ruto's UDA

for Tv47 Digital March 07, 2023, 06:07 AM
President William Ruto (left), Cleophas Malala (centre) and Musalia Mudavadi.

In Summary

  • Whether other Kenya Kwanza affiliate parties will heed to UDA's rallying call of folding up or not is a story for another day.
  • However, Celophas Malala's former party ANC, Maendeleo Chap Chap and Ford Kenya have already expressed disdain for the plan, with different handlers insisting that their individual parties are here to stay.

Former Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has reiterated that he got the blessings of his former party leader Musalia Mudavadi before jumping sheep to the ruling party.

Last week, President William Ruto's United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party announced new leadership, with Malala named the new Secretary-General while Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire became the new chairperson.

Political pundits argued that President Ruto had effectively finished Amani National Congress (ANC), having poached "the only vibrant politician" the party had apart from the Prime Cabinet Secretary (Mudavadi).

But according to Malala, nothing could be further from the truth, as both Ruto and Mudavadi agreed to his move to UDA.

"Sisi wote tumeelewana. Mimi nilikuwa mwanachama wa ANC nikatoka nikaingia UDA. Kabla nitoke katika chama cha ANC tulizungumzia suala hili na party leader wangu ambaye alikuwa Musalia Mudavadi. Nilimwambia nimepata opportunity ya kuenda kujiunga na chama cha UDA na ni chama ambacho ni ndugu na dada katika muungano wa Kenya Kwanza. Rais pia alimuongelesha," Malala said in an interview with NTV on Monday, March 6.

According to Malala, Mudavadi being his mentor could not hold him back from his ambitions.

"Yeye kama baba yangu na mentor wangu kisiasa aliniruhusu na kuniambia, 'hapo mahali unapokwenda kama unaenda kumsaidia rais na kuimarisha chama chake basi nakuachilia'," Malala added.

Former Kakamega Senator was last week named as the new United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party Secretary-General, taking over from Veronica Maina who is now a nominated senator. PHOTO | COURTESY

'Fold and join UDA'

Immediately after announcing the new leadership, UDA unveiled its plan - to have all affiliate parties under the Kenya Kwanza Alliance fold up and join a UDA grand party. Malala has been tasked to oversee this project.

Whether these parties will heed to UDA's rallying call or not is a story for another day. However, Malala's former party [ANC], Maendeleo Chap Chap and Ford Kenya have already expressed disdain for the plan, with different handlers insisting that their individual parties are here to stay.

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