• Simiyu stated that they cannot decamp to DAP-K at the moment as this could risk their seats.
• The notice also gave room to the political parties with complaints to do so and submit their cries within seven days.
The Democratic Action Party-Kenya has dismissed the claims of party takeover in the top seats of the party following recent changes to the leadership.
In a notice issued on Thursday by the Registrar of Political Parties, the names of the party leader Wafula Wamunyinyi, and the secretary-general Eseli Simiyu were not gazetted.
The notice did not have the position of a party leader and instead named David Simiyu as the national chairperson and listed Bernard Wanjala Masanja as the secretary-general instead of Eseli Simiyu.
However, in a DAP-K press briefing on Friday, Simiyu said that the notice should not stir confusion as they had not officially been checked off from Ford Kenya when the records were being submitted to the office of the registrar.
Simiyu stated that they cannot decamp from DAP-K at the moment as this could risk their seats.
“As you know we were listed under Ford Kenya and in the event, we moved to DAP-K, we would risk losing our seats and occasioning a by-election,” Simiyu stated
“That gazette notice should not worry you. Don’t read too much into it. The necessary changes will be made,” he added.
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 20 (1) (a), (c) and (e) of the Political Parties Act, 2011, and Regulations 5,6,7 and 8 of the Political Parties (Registration) Regulations, 2019, the Registrar of Political Parties gives notice that Democratic Action Party–Kenya intends to make changes in their particulars as follows,” said the gazette notice.
The notice also gave room to the political parties with complaints to do so and submit their cries within seven days.
“Any person with written submissions concerning the intended changes by political parties shall within seven days from the date of this publication, deposit them with the registrar of political parties,” Nderitu stated.