It has emerged that a mysterious businessman has moved quietly to the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties to reserve the name ‘Jubilee Asili’, effectively sabotaging any intentions by DP Ruto allies to use the name for their operations amidst wrangles within the ruling Jubilee Party. It is said that Mr. Andrew Simiyu filed the name reservation request on 17th June 2020 and is waiting for feedback from the Registrar of Political Parties to know whether his application has been successful.
The move has been interpreted as mischievous by a section of Ruto allies, who are now claiming that the ‘deep state’ is overworking to frustrate their efforts after an inquiry to the Registrar of Political Parties for application was deemed illegal. Section 8 (c) of the Political Parties Act states that the Registrar may refuse an application for the registration of a political party if the name of the political party, the abbreviation of the name or the symbol that it wishes to use so nearly resembles the name or symbol, or an abbreviation of the name of another political party registered under this Act or any other legal entity registered under any other written law. ‘Jubilee Asili’ bears a remarkable resemblance to the Jubilee Party in name and symbol, with the only difference being the color combinations and a slight alteration in the slogan from ‘Tuko Pamoja’ to ‘Sote Pamoja’.
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— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) June 18, 2020
In the meantime, more political parties are coming up, providing more options for DP Ruto as possible vehicles in his 2022 election bid should he fail to clinch the Jubilee Party ticket. Former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri yesterday launched his newly formed party dubbed ‘The Service Party’. Well-placed sources say that Jubilee MPs allied to the DP are contemplating jumping ship from the Jubilee Party in a quest to safeguard their seats in the 2022 election.