Former Agriculture CS MWangi Kiunjuri is set to launch his party “The Service Party” (TSP) the afternoon of Wednesday June 24.
The Service Party that is headquartered along the 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi, acquired its certificate of registration after meeting all the registration requirements after a rigorous process that has taken them over an year as the acting registrar of Political Parties Anned Nderitu intimated in report done by the Star.
“The party has been fully registered after rigorous process that has taken them one year and two months,” Nderitu stated.
The launch 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 who is a close ally of DP William Ruto was among the first casualties of the purge that is being undertaken by President Uhuru’s administration, and which seems to target leaders in support of the Deputy President and his 2022 presidential bid.
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 his new party taking over as the region’s kingpin after President Uhuru Kenaytta leaves office in 2022.
Other parties that have since been registered by Mt Kenya leaders include the Civic Renewal Party (CRP) and Transformation National Alliance Party (TNAP). However, the latter’s registration is reported to have stalled.
CRP is associated with Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, while TNAP is linked to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria. Besides Jubilee, parties with roots in Central Kenya include Martha Karua’s Narc-Kenya, Paul Muite’s Safina, Democratic Party, PNU and GNU.
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.