Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has been left in the cold after the political outfit whose back he rode on to parliament, Amani National Congress (ANC), expelled him on Friday.
ANC’s governing council converged on Friday at a session called to probe Malala’s conduct where they rubber stamped a decision made to send him packing.
The sitting follows another one last November, whereby the party’s disciplinary committee met and suspended Malala after they found him guilty of making inappropriate utterances at an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party rally.
“Your utterances, and activities at the political rally convened by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) at Kibra on October 27, 2019, prejudiced the integrity and reputation of the ANC Party, its members, and employees,” said the committee.
The committee reached a unanimous verdict to sweep him out despite the fact that he never even appeared to defend himself.
Malala had been on focus of late over his involvement in a high profile case pitting Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru against the county’s ward representatives, after the Senate elected him to head an 11-man special committee to look into the matter.
ANC party leader, Musalia Mudavadi recently struck a political rapport with Deputy President William Ruto, and Malala’s dalliance with the Orange party whose leader Raila Odinga is said to be eyeing the presidency in 2022, could have accelerated his removal from the party.
Ruto has constantly put himself on a collision course with President Uhuru Kenyatta who accuses him of embarking on premature presidential campaigns at the expense of helping him build a good legacy through the implementation of the Big Four Agenda.
Speculations are rife that an alliance between Ruto and Musalia could be shaping up ahead of the next polls but ANC have been quick to refute this talk, dismissing it as unfounded rumor.
Speaking on behalf of the party, Lurambi MP Titus Khamala said that such talks were aimed at kicking up a dust of uncertainty between the ANC party leader and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“ANC supports Uhuru’s agenda for this country. We know there are people who are uncomfortable with Mudavadi-Uhuru relationship and would therefore do all they can to separate them,” he said.
Khamala said ANC’s preferred candidate for the 2022 polls still remained to be Mudavadi, therefore, effectively dismissing any talks of a political alliance.
“Our candidate for 2022 remains Mudavadi, forget about other rumours and propaganda our enemies are spreading,” he added.
Ruto, Mudavadi and ousted Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula are said to have sent aides to the DP’s Karen home on June 12 and held talks to deliberate on the possibility of forging a political alliance ahead of the 2022 election.
Sources privy to the meeting told Tony Mballa that it culminated into the formation of technical committee which was assigned the task of carving out a path for a union that could probably see either Mudavadi or Wetang’ula becoming Ruto’s running mate.