NASA ousts Senator Malala as Deputy Minority Leader
Published on: March 24, 2021 10:36 (EAT)
Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo has taken over as the Deputy Minority Leader after Cleophas Malala was bundled out by NASA Senators on Wednesday. Malala who has been at loggerheads with the dominant ODM party in the coalition was targeted for removal after surviving several attempts. Minority leader James Orengo convened a meeting of NASA senators to endorse the removal of Malala as his deputy on Tuesday night. Sources indicate that ODM senators had signed a petition endorsing the removal of Malala, although senators from coalition partners had not signed it. A message was on Tuesday sent to all NASA senators inviting them for the Parliamentary Group meeting at 9am on Wednesday. “Dear colleagues, the Minority Leader has convened a PG tomorrow morning, 9am as indicated in the above letter, kindly plan to attend this important meeting” the message said. Malala has been standing on thin ice since last year during the acrimonious debate on the Third Basis Revenue Sharing Formula when he publicly opposed the government’s proposed formula. But it seems the breaking point was the Matungu by-elections when Malala openly differed with ODM legislators in defending his party’s candidate Peter Nabulindo.