Even after deregistration, the ‘Jogoo’ can still crow!


It is probably a bad idea for Uhuru to leave Kanu at this moment. He has a chance to turn the “dying” Jogoo into the village king that every hen would want to be associated with.

Kenya’s oldest political party, Kanu, has been on everyone’s mouth for a couple of weeks now with the imminent danger of being deregistered. It would appear to be a shame for the independence party to be among those that would be axed from Kenya’s political scene in two weeks time.

What is lost to many is that Jogoo may die after April 30, but it can still come out crowing again – and probably even louder. If I were Gideon, Salat and co., I would actually fail to register Kanu in its current state just so as to ensure that  it is ready to fight it out with “the big boys”.

There is a misconception that it Kanu or any other party is deregistered, that it the end of it. To the contrary, any party can be axed and take the advantage of “additional” time and even remake itself. The current registration process involves parties that existed before November 1, 2011 when the Political Parties Act came into force.

The misconception, even among the parties rushing to register, is that after April 30, there will be no new parties in Kenya. If the Jogoo party is deregistered, all it needs to do according to Article 5 of the Political parties Act, is seek provisional registration. Once awarded the certificate – within 30 days – Kanu can within the next 3 months, seek full registration and could actually manage to beat other statutory requirements necessary for participation in the next election.

Article 5 of the Political Parties Act says “(1)An association of persons or organisation applying to be registered as a political party may apply to the Registrar for provisional registration. (2) Upon application for registration under subsection (1), the Registrar shall, within thirty days of the association or organisation fulfilling the conditions prescribed in section 6, issue that association or organisation with a certificate of provisional registration.(3) A political party that has been provisionally registered under subsection (2) shall, not later than one hundred and eighty days from the date of provisional registration, apply to the Registrar for full registration.”

If deregistered, Kanu will be the talk of town and can take advantage of this an create a euphoria that would probably see its chairman Uhuru Kenyatta not leave the party. It is probably a bad idea for Uhuru to leave Kanu at this moment. He has a chance to turn the “dying” Jogoo into the village king that every hen would want to be associated with. Uhuru has insisted that Kanu must be ready to form alliance, and probably this is his chance to make Kanu a key partner in any alliance.

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