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By Corporate Communication Unit.

Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; October 16th,2020.

The Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) on 14th October, 2020, visited Reli self-help group, in Mukuru kwa Njenga slums, Nairobi to share moments of hope and staff-volunteered donations. This was the Office call to action following a local media outlet; NTV’s feature on the group’s plight, aired at the height of Covid-19.

During the visit, the Office spent the day with the group, resident community-based organisations, local village leaders and on-ground government officials. The visit presented a rare opportunity for ORPP to share contextualised life skills talks, experiences as well as presenting assorted dry food items bought from the proceedings of staff voluntary contributions. Specific areas of focus of the talks centred on resource-pooling mechanisms to set up sustainable income-generating small scale ventures as well as guidance for the women to actively participate in political processes and general leadership roles.

The Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu  noted that the Office will continue to support such vulnerable groups as part of ORPP care for the less-privileged as underpinned in the Corporate Social Responsibility Policy and Strategy. “We want to be that organisation that is connected with the society as is integral to our service delivery”, noted Ms. Nderitu.

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A section of Reli women group along the railway line in Mukuru slums demonstrate washing used packing bags, which they subsequently sell to earn a meagre living at various markets in Nairobi.      

The visit was said to be just a beginning of ORPP’s outreach programmes for a wider reach. “We will be sharing appropriate opportunities to you and other vulnerable groups to uplift their well-being”, noted Robert Waithaka in his talk on the place of vulnerable special interest groups in leadership. The group was also taken through a captivating life skills talk detailing step by step individual and group empowerment practical practices based on personal experiences of the speakers. “You are able and capable of changing your lives and those of your generations. Besides seizing the opportunities highlighted, a culture of little savings and strategically pooling efforts into small scale businesses for each of your members would be appropriate move ahead as you expand your current undertaking and business approach”, further encouraged Veronicah Muasya of ORPP in her talk to the group titled, life skills; message of hope.

Local leaders including local chief, Lydia Kwamboka, public health official and local elders present, spoke well of a group destined to unshackle themselves from the yokes of poverty characterising the slum dwellings. “We are so glad that ORPP considered Mukuru’s Reli Women group as its help target. Indeed, we hope for a more sustained partnership with the Office that has done considerable well in its regulatory role in political parties”, noted Eric Ambuche, the founder of Slums Outreach Programme, a CBO that supported ORPP visit. 

Reli group’s representatives were full of gladness as they received donations and openly cross-shared touching experiences some which depicted a story of deprivation, pain and anguish. “Thank you for the heavenly visit today, our prayer is you facilitate our hard-working group with tools like water tanks and car wash project for our self-sustenance”, an elated Chair of the group Mildred Okoth urged.

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Representatives of Reli Women group filled with jubilation after receiving life skills talks and donations from ORPP. The event was held at Mukuru Medical Missionaries (MMM) in Mukuru kwa Njenga, Nairobi.

Leaders reiterating the importance of public entities and officers to always lay programmes targeting the under-privileged   “I join my colleagues in appreciating ORPP for laudable CSR programmes like this one, as a way of sharing the privilege bestowed on us as public officers to serve our people. I commit that together with administration officials, I will strive looking for possible avenues such as corporate support of this nature to help you despite the challenges of limited opportunities’,  said the area chief. The area sub-county public officer, Mary Chiwali urging the group to continue upholding healthy practices including adhering to Covid-19 guidelines as they try to eke a living.

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ORPP representatives joined by local Community based Organisation officials, local leaders and government officials

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ORPP team and local leaders take a walk around the Mukuru slums to the Reli women group’s washing area

One of the way forward out of the day’s deliberations was for ORPP to further engage with the relevant leaders in the community for long term solutions to afford them a decent living. Further, it was agreed for heightened community programmes that also targets boys, to attain a balanced society in future. Currently, Reli women group has 41 members and has been registered as a self-group by the relevant authorities.

 

By Corporate Communication Unit.

Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; October 13th,2020.

 

An office physical location verification exercise is being undertaken for two provisionally registered political parties as part of legal requirement for full registration. The Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) has dispersed teams across the country to inspect and verify location and addresses of their of head office and in county offices, an exercise taking place from 12th to 16th October, 2020.

The two parties are National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) and Umoja Summit Party. Led by the Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu, the 9 teams will cluster counties of coast, lower eastern, upper eastern, western, south nyanza, rift valley, central, nakuru and the Nairobi metro-polis regions. The exercise seeks the extent to which the two have complied with all the parameters for full registration as spelt out under section 7 of the Political Parties, Act 2011.

Commencing the Registrar, Ann Nderitu underscored the importance of thoroughness to the teams conducting the exercise as one of the fair assessment that ORPP is committed to of all political parties undergoing registration process.” This is part of our resolve as an Office to ensure political parties have necessary institutional structures and governing organs as required by law”, Ms. Nderitu underscored.

Some the conditions for full registration include; the party to have recruited not less than 1000 registered voters as members in at least 24 countries; representation of ethnic gender and special interest groups among its members and in the governing body; demonstration that members of the governing body meet the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya as well as meet the conditions under the political parties code of conduct. The parties are also required to have submitted the required records and particulars to the Registrar of Political parties in the prescribed format.

The parties are also required to provide documentary evidence of institutional policies and manuals essential in running the day to day affairs of the parties. Out of the verification exercise, consolidated status report is developed, out of which, the Registrar determines whether or not the parties under scrutiny meet the stipulated legal threshold for full certification. Those that qualify are issued with certificate of full registration by the Registrar with 30 days upon meeting the set out criteria. The process of full registration is preceded by provisional registration which requires parties to have met set out criteria of name and symbol, ideological identity, duly executed minutes by the founders’ members, duly processed party constitution as well have signed an undertaking to be bound by political parties’ code of conduct. The interim registration lasts for 180 days upon provisional registration but subject to renewal. A party constitution sets outs elaborate rules in all aspects of the party, membership requirements, governance and management structure; financial and reporting structures; disciplinary processes; internal dispute resolutions mechanism; rules for mergers and coalitions among a host of other well delineated as specified in the second schedule of the Political Parties, Act.

Currently, there are 71 full registered and 9 provisionally registered political parties. Upon full registration, a political party attains its corporate status hence is required to operate in full fidelity of law and fiduciary corporate responsibilities in line with principles of good governance.

The Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu was among the lead trainers in a programme geared towards empowering women to participate in elective politics. The two-day Training for Trainers forum organised Echo Network Africa (TfT) was held on 8th and 9th October in Nairobi .The training themed, “Women’s Pathway to Successful Campaign”, drew participants from across the country including women with special needs and those from the marginalised and the minorities.

It encompassed holistic approach covering specific themes on electoral processes; technology in elections; leadership and integrity; electoral violence; electoral conflict management. Cross-cutting areas including environment and climate change; sustainability; conflict management; stress management; group supervision and management and personal security were also covered. The trainees were also equipped with adult learning techniques such as; use of teaching aids; self-management and etiquette; personal image; communication skills; evaluation among other pedagogies.

The Registrar lauded such as programme noting that will go a long way towards building capacity for women to navigate through demands of elective position in politics in our country “We will continue supporting such important initiatives which is in tandem with ORPP’s role of complementing efforts towards enabling Special Interest Groups to participate and compete in political contests”, said Ann Nderitu. She applauded the organizers of the training noting, “a well structured training approach with enriching content and well laid roll out measures is encouraging as it yields the impact desired”.

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Registrar of Political Parties Ms. Ann Nderitu (Left) presents to one of the participants a certificate of completion after the training

The Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu was among the lead trainers in a programme geared towards empowering women to participate in elective politics. The two-day Training for Trainers forum organised Echo Network Africa (TfT) was held on 8th and 9th October in Nairobi .The training themed, “Women’s Pathway to Successful Campaign”, drew participants from across the country including women with special needs and those from the marginalised and the minorities.

It encompassed holistic approach covering specific themes on electoral processes; technology in elections; leadership and integrity; electoral violence; electoral conflict management. Cross-cutting areas including environment and climate change; sustainability; conflict management; stress management; group supervision and management and personal security were also covered. The trainees were also equipped with adult learning techniques such as; use of teaching aids; self-management and etiquette; personal image; communication skills; evaluation among other pedagogies.

The Registrar lauded such as programme noting that will go a long way towards building capacity for women to navigate through demands of elective position in politics in our country “We will continue supporting such important initiatives which is in tandem with ORPP’s role of complementing efforts towards enabling Special Interest Groups to participate and compete in political contests”, said Ann Nderitu. She applauded the organizers of the training noting, “a well structured training approach with enriching content and well laid roll out measures is encouraging as it yields the impact desired”.

Governing organs of six latest fully registered political parties got a boost following a training on the 2nd and 5th October on various tenets of governance. The training conducted by the Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) drew participants from governing body officials of Grand Dream Development Party (GGDP), United Green Movement (UGM), Civic Renewal Party (CRP), The Service Party (TSP), National Ordinary People Empowerment Union (NOPEU) and the Party of Economic Democracy (PED).

The training was tailor-made to hone skills for the officials to enable them discharge duties in their respective party governing organs. Specific areas of focus for the training included  legal framework for political parties (Political Parties Act, Elections Act, respective party constitutions), compliance requirements of parties, membership requirements , key roles for established governing bodies, stipulations for special interest groups, various institutional policy and financial/audit management requirements as well as offences for political breaches.

The Register of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu, underscored the strategic role the governing organs play, noting that training is part of the ORPP strive to build capacity and address challenges that befall political parties especially for the newly registered ones. “This training is critical for us as ORPP  as part of our regulatory commitment to ground appropriate governance structures for parties to be institutions with a national outlook and live up to their ideologies as enshrined in Article 91 of the Kenyan Constitution”, Ann Nderitu said.

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The Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu makes her remarks during the training in Nairobi

Ms Nderitu further urged the officials to practise the ideals of democratic principles as they exercise their duties which they hold in trust for the party members and members of the public. “A host of challenges we have recently witnessed in political parties can largely be handled by sound and accountable governing organs in political parties”, Registrar urged. Further, adding that new political parties have an opportunity to redeem negative perception held by some about politics by ensuring inclusivity and participation by all with stake respective political parties. She called cautioned the trained parties not to fall into the trap of parties wrangles that largely derail progressive actualisation of parties which also largely denies Kenyans an opportunity to exercise the constitutionally guaranteed political rights. “Following this important training, a lot of expected from you as newly established outfits to change the governance outlay in your respective parties not just for compliance but the larger call of leadership duty”, urged ORPP’s Director of Compliance Juliet Murimi. ORPP trainers were: Robert Waithaka (ICT); Joel Terer & Saquib Kazungu (Administration/ Records); Judy Gathoni, Joyce Onyango & Ludupo Tukei (Registration);   Anastacia Kaberere (Training and Development); Joseph Kanja (Planning); Veronica Muasya (Internal Audit); Wafula Wakoko (Legal) with support of Alice Gichaga, Damaris Wambui and Victoria Mutheu.

The holders of various positions were further called to ensure clearly delineated roles for harmonious working relationship as outlined in the political parties’ code of conduct and in their respective party constitutions. Some of the national structures, which are reflected in lower levels for political parties include: The National Executive Council, The National Management Committee, National Elections Board, Internal Dispute Resolution Mechanisms among others. The six parties attained full registration status in the last two years, between 2018 and 2020.

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”.

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                                                              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.

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