Former Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala is set to be announced as the new United Democratic Party (UDA) secretary General.
Malala who vied for the Kakamega Gubernatorial seat in the 2022 general election and lost will take over from Nominated senator Veronica Maina.
The new details emerge days after he was shortlisted for the position of Chief Administrative Secretary and is set to be interviewed by the Public Service Commission.
It is unclear why Ruto chose Malala, a rising UDA politician, for the UDA leadership role despite applying for the CAS position.
“The secretary general will be Cleophas Malala, that will be communicated in the next few days if not hours,” a source revealed as quoted by the Star.
Former East Africa Legislative Assembly MP Simon Mbugua has also hinted at the new UDA changes.
“Congratulations my brother hon Cleophas Malala for the appointment, you are equal to the task,” he tweeted.
According to the party constitution, Malala would be the party’s spokesperson and manager, reporting to various party organs as Secretary General. In addition, he will call meetings, manage policies and programs, produce and present reports, and maintain track of the party’s operations.
He will also be in charge of the party’s finances, seal, legal documents, nomination certificates, and communication, in addition to any additional responsibilities allocated to him by the party constitution or the NEC.
He will serve as a secretary to the NDC, NGC, and NEC, implementing their decisions as well as carrying out the duties and obligations of a political party secretary-general.
UDA is also set to name Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire as the new National chairperson replacing Johnstone Muthama.