Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has Wednesday been ejected as Senate Deputy Minority Leader after a Senate Parliamentary Group meeting was held.
A total of 18 members signed the petition to remove the senator from the position.
Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo has since taken over as the Deputy Minority Leader.
Minority leader James Orengo through a message convened a meeting of NASA senators to endorse the removal of Malala as his deputy on Tuesday night.
“Dear colleagues, the Minority Leader has convened a PG tomorrow morning, 9 am as indicated in the above letter, kindly plan to attend this important meeting,” the message said.
Malala is being accused of alleged misconduct and mischief in the recently concluded Matungu by-election where he openly differed with ODM legislators in defending his party’s candidate Peter Nabulindo.
He is also accused of allegedly disrespecting some Nasa principles and frequent absence in the house.
Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi in Malala’s defence said the decision made in the PG meeting was regrettable terming it as an affront on democracy and all its tenets.
“While all manner of excuses will be floated, it is clear to all of us that Malala was removed because of his role in the recent Matungu by-election where the ANC candidate, he campaigned for, won with a landslide. I am proud of my Senator and I stand with him totally,” he said.
Mudavadi further stood by Malala saying, “he is a party stalwart whose freedom of speech and association we shall defend to the hilt. Kenya no longer has room for political deception, Big-Brotherhood syndrome and intolerance.”
On his part, Senator Moses Wetangula condemned the removal of Malala terming the decision as selfish, unhelpful, unlawful, vindictive, intolerant, vengeful and against the NASA coalition Agreement.
“It has a direct link to the outcome of the Matungu by-election. Bure kabisa!!” he exclaimed.