Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; March,7, 2020.
The Speaker of National Assembly, Justin Muturi has applauded the Office of Registrar of Political Parties for its effort in entrenching democracy. He hailed the Office effort in managing political parties, terming them pivotal avenues for enhancing democracy.
While presiding over the official opening of this year’s People Dialogue Festival (PDF), held from 5 th to 7 th March, 2020, at the National Museums, Nairobi, the Speaker noted the need to strengthen the ORPP to enable it steer optimal realisation of democracy in the country. “I acknowledge presence of
Registrar of Political Parties in our midst, who has lead the ORPP in streamlining management of political party processes to the gains we see today”, he acknowledged while underscoring the importance of ORPP that he proposed should be anchored in Constitution.
He underscored the central role political parties play in promoting dialogue and good governance. Noting “political agitations and conversations must be steered by political parties. We will grow democracy if we strengthen political parties as key proponents for good governance”. The Speaker, who has also previously served as the Chairperson of the Centre for Multi Party Democracy (CMD) advising the need for political parties to meet regularly within Parliament to deliberate and formulate appropriate party positions and direction on matters of national interest.
Speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi (front left) with other leaders and Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu (2 nd last) after presiding over the official opening of the People Dialogue Festival (PDF) at the Loius Leakey Auditorium at the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi on 5 th March, 2020.
Muturi further acknowledging efforts of key crusaders of democracy such as Martha Karua, who was also present. It has taken a lot of effort and sacrifice to bring about legal and policy reforms for democracy in Kenya, hence our duty to appreciate and celebrate them.
Various guests’ speakers saluted the import of such a dialogue festival which was mooted in Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Denmark. “I am so glad to be part of such an inspiring event. As politicians it gives us an opportunity to hear candidly on real and day to day issues from the people we serve”, noted Ms Karen Elleman, the First Deputy Speaker of the Danish Parliament.
The current CMD’s Chairperson, Abshiro Halake, a nominated KANU Senator, thanked partners and participants for support to the festival. “I truly appreciate all for the unwavering support to this forum, helps us to bridge the gap between the electorates and leaders”, she said.
Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi signs the visitor’s book at the ORPP exhibition stand.
The Registrar was among the lead panellists in a mentorship session to discuss varied issues regarding women and political leadership. Other ORPP officials took part in some of cross- disciplinary topics and audience-targeted lined up throughout the festival. The ORPP was one of the key partners in preparing and hosting the festival and also was also part of the corporate exhibitors; showcasing its services to high government officials, political leaders, members of the public among other attendees.