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New CMD-Kenya Chairperson vows to protect the gains of Democratization

Hon. James Omingo Magara is the new chairperson of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy-Kenya. He replaces Hon. Justin Muturi who was elected Speaker of the National Assembly.

Hon. Magara, a former South Mugirango lawmaker and Party leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) beat Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) chairman Titus Ibui during the organization’s 10th annual general meeting in Nairobi on 28th June. He garnered 53 votes against Ibui’s 31 in a vote by delegates from the 29 CMD-Kenya member political parties.

CMD-Kenya Chairman elect Hon. Omingo Magara casts his vote

In his acceptance speech, Hon. Magara vowed to ensure that the democratic gains achieved over the last two decades are not reversed. “I thank the delegates who gave me overwhelming support and I promise that I will do what it takes to nurture and grow democracy in Kenya. I will work with all political players and the citizenry to ensure that we do not reverse the gains of multiparty democracy and democratic governance.”   

Hon. Magara declared pushing for the amendment of the law on political parties funding as his priority agenda. Going by the law as it is presently; only three political meet the condition of 5 % of total votes in a general election and will access the funds. The three parties, The National Alliance (TNA), Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and United Republican Party (URP) are set to receive from the taxpayers’ kitty, about one billion shillings per year each for the next five years. Hon. Magara believes the condition is discriminatory and will work against efforts to augment multiparty democracy. He beseeched his predecessor Hon. Muturi who now as the Speaker of the National Assembly, heads the legislature to support the political parties’ agenda to lower the percentage from 5% so that the public funds could benefit more political parties.

Outgoing CMD-Kenya Chairman Hon JB Muturi,handing over to Hon Omingo Magara,the new Chairman-elect at the AGM

Former East Africa Legislative Assembly MP, Rose Waruhiu of the Democratic Party (DP) was elected vice chair taking over from Hon. Alice Wahome who won the Kandara Parliamentary seat in the last general elections. Waruhiu beat New FORD Kenya Secretary General Benjamin Muema by 54 to 18 votes. FORD Kenya’s Caroline Oduor was elected the Secretary.

 

 

Former East Africa Legislative Assembly MP, Rose Waruhiu celebrating her election as the new CMD-Kenya Vice-Chairperson

Others elected to the 11 member Steering Committee are John Wamgata of SAFINA party (Treasurer), Chesaina Bartonjo of ODM party (Vice Treasurer), Maur Bwanamaka of CCU party (vice secretary), Julius Mawathe of WDM party (Deputy Chairperson Finance and Establishment), Leah Ntimama of URP (Deputy Chairperson, External Programmes), Sande Oyolo of UDF party (Deputy Chairperson, Internal Programmes), Kennedy Oluoch of FPK (member) and Hon. Kalembe Ndile of TIP (member). The team will hold office for a 2 year term.  


Mr Titus Ibui,concedes defeat and congratulates,Hon Magara(L).Mr Pepijn Gerrits, NIMD Director of Programmes and Mr Wouter Dol, NIMD Programme Manager compare notes at the Annual General Meeting(R)