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Committee wants law reviewed

The  Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC) now wants the law on political parties funding reviewed to ensure  all registered parties benefit from the fund.

The committee has also threatened to go to court to seek clarification on how the funds should be shared as it emerged  that only two parties were benefiting from the millions allocated to the kitty.

This came as the steering committee of PPLC elected new officials with former Devolution and Planning Principal Secretary, Irungu  Nyakera being unanimously elected to head the committee two days after his competitors released a hard hitting statement opposing his candidature, citing his character in his previous position in government.

In  the statement, the group incriminated Nyakera on corruption cases, saying he is unfit to hold a public office.

Nyakera  who is also the Democratic Party (DP) deputy leader, however, shrugged off the criticism terming the elections as free and fair and said that he was up to the task of leading the committee to the next level.

He at the same time, said the formula of allocating the political parties fund was meant to help major parties with those without representation in parliament failing to get a share.

“We must revisit this issue even if it means going to court because to our understanding all the 68 registered parties are entitled to the fund but only two parties had access to it,” he stated.

He regretted that the two parties ODM and Jubilee had resorted to‘bullying’ smaller parties so as to benefit from the fund yet the work done by all parties was similar in line with the law, noting  the committee was ready to ensure that democratic values are instilled in all the parties now that they had assumed the mantle of leadership in the party.

The  new PPLC Secretary, Margret Kamonya said they were up to the task and as they were ready to bring change to  the committee and told Kenyans to expect the new changes that will ensure democracy is instilled in all political parties in the country.

By  Esther  Mwangi/Hannah Wangui

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