Kenyan Youth-Focused Madaraka Party Finally Registered
Added: (Thu Oct 05 2006)
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Nairobi, Kenya---October 5, 2006—Madaraka Party of Kenya has finally got the registrar’s nod. Interim officials say they have received the certificate of registration. “We are now a bona fide political party and the voiceless youth now have a chance to compete with the elite in the 2007 elections”, says a jubilant interim Treasurer, Peter Kironyoh.
According to the officials, the Senior Deputy Registrar, Ms. Lucy Waithaka informed the interim Chairperson, Chris Kiliko about the party’s registration two weeks ago, indicating that the certificate had been mailed. “ but because it has taken so long, the box number we gave them was already replaced. So we had to go and reactivate the defunct post box. We finally managed to get the box reactivated.” Says Kironyoh.
On whether they have lost too much time, the officials say they are still within schedule. “Sure we have lost 12 months on the registration issue, but we will be ready to field candidates in all the 210 parliamentary seats” says a confident Tegi Obanda, a founder member.
The officials say the party can now push for comprehensive constitutional reforms in an official capacity. “Under the auspices of the Coalition for Constitutional Reforms, the party will join other progressive Kenyans in the struggle for a people driven constitution before 2007 elections, says Obanda.
According its website http://madaraka-kenya.org/ , the party was launched on June 13, 2005, with the aim of fighting for the political and economic empowerment of Kenyan youth, many of who live below UN poverty line of $1 a day.
“Only through empowering youth can Kenya expect to transform into 21st century knowledge based economy. Yet today, youth are marginalized socially and economically, and politically. They are the true proletariats. To give the youth a voice and platform to contest for seats is to give the voiceless and the powerless a platform to be heard. It is the most liberating and democratizing activity at this point in Kenyan history.” Says Tegi Obanda.