How Raila Odinga landed a political “sucker punch” against a stubborn Cleophas Malala

A tearful Senator Malala was humiliated by Raila Odinga at Bukhungu stadium on 31st December 2021

Senator Malala has on several occasions insisted that his ANC party boss Musalia would be on the 2022 presidential ballot, claiming that there was no way the Luhya community would back Mr Odinga this time round having done so in 2013-2017 almost to a man

By The Weekly Vision Online

Presidential front runner in this year’s elections Raila Odinga is a man who never fails to amuse his audience any time he addresses a public rally. Whether it is through his usual “vitendawili” or word slanging and use of metaphors, Kenya’s former prime minister never fails to impress.

The man who in 2017 talked of taking Kenyans to the biblical promised land of Canaan, has a gift of the gab! He can tickle his audience into prolonged laughter while cutting down his political detractors at the same time. Take his apparent bad blood with Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala, the young senator had vowed that Odinga’s December 31st 2021 rally at Bukhungu stadium would not happen without Musalia Mudavadi’s greenlight!

Raila Odinga went ahead and presided over a very successful political rally at Bukhungu stadium along with COTU boss Francis Atwoli, telling off Senator Malala whom he claimed was not even Luhya! Mr Odinga claimed Malala’s ancestral roots are in Siaya County and that he is a bonafide Luo, not Luhya!

Mr Malala has on several occasions insisted that his ANC party boss Musalia would be on the 2022 presidential ballot, claiming that there was no way the Luhya community would back Mr Odinga this time round having done so in 2013-2017 almost to a man. But a confidant Odinga went ahead and presided over a very successful political rally at Bukhungu stadium along with COTU boss Francis Atwoli telling off Senator Malala whom he claimed was not even a Luhya! Mr Odinga went back to history and claimed Malala’s ancestral roots are in Siaya County and that he is a bonafide Luo, not Luhya! The amused crowd erupted into prolonged laughter.

Raila Odinga then insisted he was in fact “more Luhya” than Malala saying his late grandfather the late Mataara was a brother to the late Mumia king Nabongo! Odinga then went on to claim that he had come to take Malala “back home” to the utter amusement of the crowd! The usually stern-faced Atwoli was seen erupting into hearty laughter at the claims as he nodded his head with many wondering how Malala a Luo had become a Luhya kingpin!

Mr Odinga’s claim has left a lot of eggs on the face of Senator Malala, a key pillar of Musalia Mudavadi and deputy president William Ruto. Malala is yet to specifically respond to Odinga’s claims casting doubts on his tribal origins. Raila left Kakamega with his head held high as he had delivered what many considered a “sucker punch” at a stubborn political detractor.

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