Cleophas Malala: I don’t get any allowances from gov’t for attending Cabinet meetings
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party Secretary General Cleophas Malala has refuted claims that his new role in President William Ruto's Cabinet is overburdening the taxpayer.
Speaking during an interview on Spice FM on Wednesday morning, Malala stated that he doesn't receive any allowances from the government for sitting in the Cabinet.
"I attend Cabinet meetings as the secretary general of UDA. I don’t get paid by the government to attend cabinet meetings, I am paid by UDA," Malala said.
The outspoken politician was among President William Ruto's allies who were recently cleared to attend Cabinet meetings.
Others are Advisors Harriette Chiggai (Women Rights), Monica Juma (National Security Advisor), and David Ndii (chairperson of Council of Economic Advisors).
The four took their oaths of secrecy during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President William Ruto at State House on June 27, 2023.
However, their inclusion in the weekly meetings has since been challenged in court.
In a petition filed at the High Court in Nairobi, city lawyer Charles Mugane wants the four barred from attending Cabinet meetings.
"The purported inclusion of Malala, Ndii, Juma and Chiggai to the Cabinet is invalid, null and void ab initio as it contravenes the mandatory constitutional provisions of 2 (1) (2), 3,10,129,130,131, 132,152,153,154,156, and 258 of the Constitution which underpins the substantive and procedural constitutional requirements thereof," Mugane stated.
"The inclusion of the four was done without the involvement of Parliament, the same insulates the "strangers" from oversight as provided in Article 95 (5) of the constitution, the same being null and void," he added.