Wednesday June 24, 2020 – Former Agriculture CS, Mwangi Kiunjuri, has finally registered his new political party and can now start recruitment of members ahead of 2022 General Elections.
According to the Registrar of Political Parties, the Service Party was given a certificate of registration after meeting all the requirements.
“The party has been fully registered after rigorous process that has taken them one year and two months,” Nderitu told the Star by phone.
According to sources, Kiunjuri is ready to unveil his new party to the public any time.
The unveiling of the new party signals a comeback into politics by the immediate former Agriculture CS, who was dropped from the Cabinet in January by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kiunjuri was kicked out of Uhuru’s administration in the continued purge targeting Deputy President William Ruto’s allies.
He is a close associate of the DP.
TSP is the latest entrant in Central Kenya as leaders position themselves for the 2022 elections.
With no end in sight to the growing squabbles in Jubilee, Kiunjuri is seeking to control the Central region with the new party.
The former lawmaker hopes to be the one to pull off a master stroke in attracting Mt Kenya’s support as the region shops for a kingpin after the exit of Uhuru in 2022.
It is not clear yet if Kiunjuri will be running for the Laikipia’s Governor’s seat or he is still keen on being Ruto’s running mate.
Towards the 2017 general elections, Kiunjuri had declared that he would run for Governor but President Kenyatta prevailed upon him to shelve his ambition.
Speculation is rife that TSP could be one of the several alternatives Ruto could be eyeing after the falling-out in Jubilee, given the narrowing chances of him clinching the JP ticket.
President Kenyatta’s camp has edged out the DP from the ruling party.
Just last week, Ruto gave the clearest indication that he is shopping for a new vehicle.
Last Thursday, he unveiled a new office for Jubilee MPs allied to his Tanga Tanga faction of the ruling party.
His launch of Jubilee Asili Centre and the adoption of ‘Sote Pamoja’ as its slogan instead of Jubilee’s ‘Tuko Pamoja’, left no doubt that the die of his exit is cast.
The Kenyan DAILY POST