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Malala warns Raila against mass action

 UDA Secretary-General Cleophas Malala. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

UDA Secretary General Cleophas Malala has cautioned Azimio Raila Odinga against leading the planned mass action, saying the government will deal with him ruthlessly.

Malala who was speaking in Kitale on Thursday, March 23 when he met Trans Nzoia UDA party leadership and members said the government has laid an elaborate plan to deal with Raila once and for all.

The Azimio leader has announced the scaling up of protests over the high cost of living, recruitment of Commissioners to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and failure by the government to open the IEBC servers.

Malala said the government will not bow to such pressure from the opposition.

He cautioned the youths against taking part in the protests saying that the state had stringent plans of dealing with the protestors.

"I just want you to follow the proceedings on television, we want to deal with Raila once and for all, and we are speaking as the government. You threaten the government, you Raila! You just don't know what we have planned for you, we have planned," Malala said.

"If you are man enough, come on for the planned Monday protests, we have a plan for you," he added.

Malala at the same time spelt out the party plans for the year saying they would be implemented in three phases of three months each.

The UDA Sectary General announced that he was on a countrywide tour to ascertain whether the party had real members across the 47 counties or it was just on mere paper, a program he said would take three months.

In the next three months, the party will conduct grassroots elections, with the last phase of three months set for establishing party offices in the 47 counties to boost operations.

Malala said UDA intends to increase its membership to 15 million even as he sustained calls to Kenya Kwanza affiliate parties to fold up and join the ruling party to make it stronger.

The UDA meeting at a Kitale hotel was attended by Senator Allan Chesang, Woman Representative MP Lilian Siyoi, and party MCAs among other leaders.

However, Malala's sentiments on Raila did not augur well with a section of Azimio supporters who termed them disrespectful and demeaning.

"I am waiting with much enthusiasm to see what Malala really insinuates by his expressions intended to intimidate the opposition. We cannot be cowed by such a political toddler," said Joshua Nyang'au, a youth from Matisi area.

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