Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has landed a new role in the Amani National Congress (ANC) party as the Western region politics hots up ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The vocal senator is the new Kakamega County Chairman. He was appointed to the position by party leader Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi.
In a brief statement on Saturday, ANC said the county’s delegates have endorsed the decision to promote the lawmaker to the party leadership.
“The Kakamega Senator will take over the helm of the county party leadership, in charge of operations and coordination of party activities,” ANC said.
The position was formerly held by Lurambi MP Bishop Titus Khamala who recently defected to Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja Movement.
Malala has pledged to ensure that the party gains significant visibility and popularity ahead of the August polls.
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The youthful senator, who is eyeing the Kakamega governor seat, is among leaders from the Mulembe nation said to have led talks between Deputy President William Ruto and Mudavadi that saw the duo join hands in the race to State House.
Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula signed a deal with Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) last month.
The partners, who are all eyeing the presidency, are expected to settle on one candidate ahead of the August 9 elections.