Uhuru signs political parties Bill into law

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the recently enacted Political Parties(Amendment) Bill, 2021, into law.

The Bill, 2021, was passed in the Senate on Wednesday night after the Handshake team trounced deputy president William Ruto’s allies in voting for the Bill.

The new law amends the Political Parties Act of 2011 by introducing the concept of coalition political parties, outlining functions of political parties as well as changing the criteria of accessing the Political Parties Fund.

The law also empowers the Registrar of Political Parties to certify political party membership lists and nomination rules among other transformative provisions aimed at strengthening management of political parties and enhancing democracy.

The Bill was presented to the Head of State for signature at a brief ceremony attended by Attorney General Paul Kihara, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, his National Assembly counterpart Justin Muturi as well as House Majority Leaders Samuel Poghisio (Senate) and Amos Kimunya (National Assembly).

Ruto senators were overshadowed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s allies since they managed to raise less than 10 members in voting against the Bill.

In a vote cast, the ayes team which is allied to the Handshake garnered 28 votes against nays’ 3 votes.

The Bill required a minimum of 24 elected senators to vote in support to have it sail through.

A well-mobilized team of the Azimio La Umoja, under Raila, managed to shoot down all the 15 amendments proposed by the Tangatanga camp.

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