A new party associated with former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has been registered and can begin rolling out its programs ahead of the 2022 polls.
The acting registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu, the Kiunjuri’s party, The Service Party has been given a certificate of registration after meeting all the requirements.
“The party has been fully registered after a rigorous process that has taken them one year and two months,” Nderitu told the Star by phone.
The move by Kiunjuri signals his comeback into the political arena after he was dropped from the Cabinet in January by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
TSP is the latest party from Central Kenta to enter the political arena as leaders position themselves for the 2022 polls. With no end to the wrangles within the ruling party, Kiunjuri is seeking to take of Uhuru’s backyard with a new outfit.
The former Legistlaturehope to pull off a masterstroke in attracting Mt Kenya’s support as the region tries to find a kingpin after the exit of Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
It’s not clear yet if the Kiunjuri will run for Laikipia governor or he will be seeking to become Ruto’s second in command. Kiunjuri has in the past declared his interest in Laikipia’s governor seat.
The Service Party was registered by a group of youths and was chaired by Kariuki Munyoroku. TSP was issued with an interim certificate back in January and it positioning itself to be the beneficiary of Jubilee’s collapse.
TSP has joined the pool of parties that have been registered from Mt Kenya. Some of the parties from the region include Civic Renewal Party (CRP) and Transformation National Alliance Party (TNAP).
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Other parties with roots from Central Kenya include the ruling party, Jubilee, Narc-Kenya, Safina, Democratic Party, and GNU.
Rumors have it that TSP could be a game plan for the Deputy President. It is said that the could be one of Ruto’s several alternatives he could be eyeing after falling-out in Jubilee, given the slimming possibilities of him being the JP flagbearer.
Jubilee Party seems to have edged out the DP already. Just last week, Ruto gave a clear indication that he is looking for a new political vehicle by unveiling a new office for Jubilee MPs allied to him.
Ruto launched the Jubilee Center and adopted ‘Sote Pamoja’ as its slogan instead of Jubilee’s ‘Tuko Pamoja’.
Since he was sacked from the Cabinet, Kiunjuri has maintained a low profile. But sources have indicated that the former Laikipia East MP has quietly been planning a political comeback.