NEW COUNTY CHAIRMAN

Mudavadi promotes senator Malala to ANC party leadership rank

Party officials endorsed the decision on Friday.

In Summary

• Kakamega party delegates endorsed the decision on Friday.

• Malala has been one of the ardent supporters of Mudavadi.

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala
Image: CLEOPHAS MALALA/TWITTER

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi has appointed Senator Cleophas Malala as the new Kakamega county party chairman.

Kakamega party delegates endorsed the decision on Friday.

The position was initially held by Lurambi MP Bishop Titus Khamala who defected to the Azimio La Umoja movement led by ODM leader Raila Odinga after Mudavadi announced a partnership with DP William Ruto's UDA party.

"The Kakamega Senator will take over the helm of the county party leadership, in-charge of operations and coordination of party activities.

"The outspoken Senator pledged to ensure that the party gains significant visibility and popularity as it strives to sweep all elective seats in Kakamega county and beyond," the ANC party announced on Friday.

Malala has been one of the ardent supporters of Mudavadi and the ANC leader is on record saying his strength in the party equals that of 10 MPs.

The Senator is reported to be among the ANC leaders who were on the frontline in negotiating a deal with DP Ruto.

Upon his election as Senator, Malala courted Raila for some time before they fell out and went back home and pledged to support Mudavadi's political stand.

He is eyeing the Kakamega governor seat in the August 9, elections.

He was first elected as MCA for a Kakamega ward in 2013 before he made a daring move to vie for the Kakamega senate seat in 2017, he won resoundingly.

The senator confirmed that he has taken the role and will actively advocate for the party matters positively in the county.