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Mudavadi Defends Malala Amid Deal Talks With Ruto

The ANC party leader added that the utterances of Malala during the rally were in order and therefore he cannot be reprimanded for his actions.

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  • Speaking after a church service in Nairobi on Sunday, January 9, Mudavadi stated that Malala had the right to attend the Eldoret rally which was majorly a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party function.
  • 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.

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, has come to the defense of Kakamega Senator, Cleophas Malala, after he attended a rally organised by Deputy President William Ruto.

Speaking after a church service in Nairobi on Sunday, January 9, Mudavadi stated that Malala had the right to attend the Eldoret rally which was majorly a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party function.

The ANC party leader added that the utterances of Malala during the rally were in order and therefore he cannot be reprimanded for his actions.

“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.

The response by Mudavadi comes after the ANC party, through the secretary-general, Simon Gakuru, released a statement to distance itself from the actions of Malala as they stated that he was not sent to the function to represent 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. He alluded to the fact that he was only answerable to Mudavadi and the people of Kakamega.

“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.

“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.

Despite the ANC party leader denying any ongoing talks, Ruto has been on a charm offensive to woo Mudavadi to join his team during his rallies in the Western region.

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Washington Mito
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Kenyans

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