Mudavadi Defends Malala Over UDA Eldoret Rally as Sakaja Says He’s Open to Joining Ruto

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Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, has come to the defense of his chief lieutenant, Kakamega Senator, Cleophas Malala, following his attendance of the weekend UDA rally in Eldoret.


Mudavadi addressed the issue on Sunday, January 9, where he stated that Malala had the right to attend the United Democratic Alliance function.

The ANC party leader added that the utterances of Malala during the rally did not merit being reprimanded or facing party sanctions.

“I cannot hold anything against Senator Malala. It is within his right. I listened to the remarks that he made there and I don’t think that he made any remarks that would in any way be inimical to this country,” Mudavadi stated.

Mudavadi jumped to the defense of Malala after ANC’s secretary-general, Simon Gakuru, released a statement to distance itself from the actions of Malala, reiterating that he was not speaking on behalf of the party.

“The ANC party would like to disassociate itself with the activities taking place at Eldoret Sports Club Grounds where UDA Party is holding its rally.

ANC has not sent anybody to represent either the party or the Party Leader in the said function. The official party position should only come from Party Leader or the Secretary-General,” the statement by ANC read.

On his part, Malala defended himself from the criticism that he received after the rally, arguing that he was only answerable to two entities

“I am only answerable to two entities. One, my party leader Musalia Mudavadi and the people of Kakamega, and if my party leader is not offended by my presence in Eldoret, nobody else should be offended.

He added,

“Nobody should mourn more than the bereaved. I will continue championing for the interests of Musalia Mudavadi as we move in 2022 to ensure that he is in the correct team that is going to form the government,” Malala stated. The presence of Malala during the event raised political eyebrows as it comes amidst reports of ongoing coalition talks between Ruto and Musalia. During the rally, Malala hinted at a possible coalition between the two leaders before the August polls.

“If Musalia Mudavadi comes to Uasin Gishu to look for friends and he finds this man called hustler, is that wrong?”  Malala posed.

Meanwhile, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has declared that he was open to working with any leader the One Kenya Alliance forges ties with – including Deputy President William Ruto.

He said that he would follow the Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader, whom he has been warming up to, into the DP’s camp if he settled on working with the latter.

“I trust the leadership of Musalia Mudavadi, and if he has seen it fit to team up with whichever leader, I will go with him,” the senator affirmed.

“I am not a fair-weather friend, that I am supporting him only if he stands alone. Of course, that will be my ideal situation, but I will trust his judgment and choice,” the Nairobi senator declared.

The senator criticized leaders who have warned Mudavadi against working with the country’s second in command, noting that there was no enmity in politics

“As we move, people should be ready to see a lot of big changes. There are no bridges that are burnt, there are no doors that are closed,” the outspoken senator stated.

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