United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary General Cleophas Malala has announced significant agreements with China’s ruling party, the China Communist Party (CCP). These agreements include the establishment of a leadership school at the UDA party headquarters, aimed at enhancing political activities leading up to the 2027 elections.

China’s ruling party, founded in 1920, has maintained a monopoly on power for over 75 years. Led by President Xi Jinping, the Communist Party boasts a membership of over 90 million individuals.

In addition to the leadership school initiative, Malala confirmed China’s support for the construction of Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters. This project symbolizes the celebration of 60 years of diplomatic ties between Kenya and China.

Malala’s visit to China spans 10 days and aims to strengthen bilateral relations and foster cultural exchanges between the two nations. The trip serves as a benchmarking exercise for UDA officials to enhance the party’s ideologies and policies.

During the visit, Malala led a UDA delegation to SANY International Holdings Headquarters in Changsha, Hunan Province. This visit underscored the pivotal role of manufacturing in economic development and job creation. With approximately 60,000 employees worldwide, SANY International Holdings is a global leader in manufacturing.

The emphasis on manufacturing aligns with the priorities outlined in the Kenya Kwanza manifesto, highlighting its significance in modernization and development efforts.

This diplomatic mission follows the commencement of the second round of UDA’s grassroots elections in Homa Bay, West Pokot, and Busia. These elections are crucial for the party’s organizational structure and grassroots engagement.

Earlier discussions in March 2024 between UDA and CPC officials set the stage for this visit. In March, UDA executive director Nicodemus Bore indicated the party’s intention to seek Ksh1 billion from CPC to construct its headquarters. It remains unclear whether Malala has finalized this deal during his visit.

Malala’s tour of China included visits to significant landmarks such as the CPC Museum, fostering deeper cultural understanding and cooperation between UDA and China’s Communist Party. These initiatives mark a significant step forward in UDA’s diplomatic efforts and organizational development.