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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.