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The National Assembly has given a go ahead to the appointment of Ann Nderitu as the substantive holder for the Registrar of Political Parties position. This came to the fore in a special motion plenary discussion by the National Assembly on the afternoon of Thursday 24th September, 2020 following submission of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee’s (JLAC) vetting report to the House. The plenary also discussed and approved Ms. Florence Tabu Birya and Ali Abdullahi Surraw for their appointment to the posts of Assistant Registrars.

Legislators in one accord were in full support of Ann Nderitu as the merited person to the zenith of the ORPP leadership. In their words, they described Nderitu as authentic leader, who has demonstrated merit in the step to step rise in the course of her chequered career. Setting her apart in the highly competitive post was her academic, leadership and professional credential, observed the lawmakers. Further, they cited her landmark achievements in various portfolios held in education, communication, public administration, electoral management and raft of milestones at ORPP for the time she was at the helm.

Moving the motion, as contained in the Committee report, JLAC Chairperson Hon. Muturi Kigano, Kangema MP noted that it undertook thorough scrutiny of the nominees in its vetting sittings held on 18th September, 2020. He noted his regret for rejection of one name for the position of the Assistant Registrar. “The Committee considered suitability, capacity and integrity of nominees following the vetting process and taking into account its observations and pursuant to the Public Appointments Act, the Political Parties Act and the Standing orders”, Kigano observed in the report.

The JLAC vice-chairperson Hon (Dr.) Otiende Amollo noted that the nominees submitted to the President were highly qualified. “Ann Nderitu emerged top of the three nominees we submitted to the President. She is therefore, highly qualified for the position”, the Rarieda MP observed.

“The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties is cardinal in promoting democracy and management of political parties. I have known Ms. Nderitu as a lady capable, competent and with temperament able to handle pressure that come with such her Office”, observed Hon. John Mbadi”, leader of Minority Party.  Hon. Angwenyi Jimmy, Kitutu Chache North MP, thanking the JLAC for a thorough job, noting  that “To confirm Ann Nderitu to this position is a great thing by this House and the President”.

RPP Vetting

                                                              Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu presents before the Justice and Legal Affairs

                                                                           Committee at Parliament buildings on the 18th September, 2020

“Rais aliwachagua kwa njia safi,kwa hivo nakubaliana na taarifa hii iliyotolewa na Kamati hii kuwa hao watatu wapewe kazi... “, observed Hon. Naomi Shabaan.

The refusal for the nomination of Wilson Makorre Mohochi to the position of Assistant Registrar raised divided opinion amongst the legislators present. “Where do we put young people and persons with disability in this country”, posed Hon Dennitah Ghati, a nominated MP on Mohochi’s matter. His matter adjourned for further discussion on Tuesday 29th September, 2020.

On conclusion of the approval process, the House in accordance with the sixth schedule of the Political Parties Act, 2011, will forward the nominees through the Clerk of the National Assembly to the President. “The National Assembly shall, within fourteen days of the receipt of the names of the nominees, consider the nominees and approve or reject the nominations. Where the National Assembly approves the nominations, the Clerk of the National Assembly shall, within three days of the approval, forward the name of the approved persons to the President for appointment. The President shall within seven days of receipt of the name, by notice in the Gazette, appoint the person as Registrar of Political Parties or as Assistant Registrar of Political Parties”, outlines the schedule.