Inside Attempt to Register Jubilee Asili Party And Why The Registrar Has Rejected It
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Attempts to register the new Jubilee Asili outfit as a political party have flopped, with Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu rejecting an application seeking to achieve the same.
The outfit came into existence weeks ago, and is being seen as a political party in the making by Deputy President William Ruto as he prepares for his 2022 presidential candidature.
The Registrar on Thursday revealed that a Kenyan, one James Simiyu, had sought to reserve the name ahead of a possible registration, an application she has rejected since it goes against political parties laws.
She told the Standard that she rejected the application on grounds that the name resembles that of another political party, the ruling Jubilee Party, contrary to section 8 of the Political Parties Act of 2011.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. But Mr Simiyu, speaking to the same paper, faulted the move, saying that Jubilee Asili's name has no similarity with that of Jubilee Party, terming the rejection political and unfounded in the law.
The development, however, comes only days after allies of Ruto made it clear that Jubilee Asili is not a political party in itself but rather an outfit formed to accommodate unwanted Jubilee members.
On July 19, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika came out to clear the air on the Jubilee Asili issue, saying that it is not a party in the making, adding that the Ruto camp remains a part of the original Jubilee.
"We agreed as Jubilee Leaders to establish Jubilee Asili Center, a meeting point for members who feel disenfranchised after a few mandarins blocked us from accessing our Party Office on Thika Road. At this Center we shall continue promoting the original idea of our Jubilee Party," she said.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The development comes at a time when Ruto seems unwanted in Jubilee, with his allies being victimized by the President Uhuru Kenyatta-allied wing of Jubilee over allegations of defying party directives.