US-based Kenyan journalist Cornelius Ole Sikawa has formed a new political party. Sikawa who returned in the country last year formed the National Rebirth Party which has since been issued with a provisional certificate by the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu.
The new development follows the publication of a notice by the registrar for any person with objections to the registration of the party to make submissions within seven days.
The notice expired in September with no submissions of objections, paving the way for the release of the certificate to enable the party leadership start its activities including recruitment of members and opening up of offices.
Sikawa, who addressed the media in Bungoma town where he has opened an office, said an interim committee of officials had been constituted with him as the party leader as they wait for full registration.
He unveiled Bungoma advocate Peter Mwibanda as secretary general, Samuel Musila the national chairman and Susan Mangeni the treasurer, with the party motto being “prosperity for all towards envisaged restoration of hope among Kenyans”.
Mwibanda said it had taken them several months to secure the certificate adding that the party would offer an alternative to people from parties that did not respect democratic principles.
“We have gone out full blast and I can report that the response has been more than we expected; most people seem to be tired with the older parties,” he said.
The party official said they are targeting to register an initial 3 million members and open offices in 24 counties as required by the Political Parties Act 2011.
He said as opposed to the current parties that are run like personal property, NRP will belong to members who will be the key decision makers.
Sikawa, who worked for the defunct Kenya Times in Kakamega in the 1980s, said the devolved governments were more than necessary but added that he would advocate for allocation of more resources to the regions.
He recommended that because most of the people lived in the countryside, at least 60pc of the national budget should be allocated to the counties for any meaningful development.
Sikawa said the 15pc being allocated so far was too little and was being spent on salaries for the county staff at the expense of development.