In Summary
  • Bunge La Mwananchi had petitioned the tribunal against the change of name.
  • Former Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara represented the Communist Party.
  • Ms Nderitu said on Tuesday that the decision of the tribunal means that the process of name change will proceed.

The process of changing Social Democratic Party (SDP) to Communist Party of Kenya (CPK) will now proceed after the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal (PPDT) struck out an objection by a lobby group.

The party will now have a hammer crossed with a sickle as its symbol.

Bunge La Mwananchi had petitioned the tribunal against the change of name after the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu gave notice on March 7, 2019 and invited those with objections to present them within seven days.

However, on May 13, 2019, PPDT sitting at the Milimani Law Courts established that the lobby group had failed to prove how the issuance of a certificate to the party would prejudice its members’ rights.

STRUCK OUT

“It is hereby ordered that the intended parties’ application filed on April 9, 2019 be, and is hereby struck out for want of jurisdiction. By consent of the parties, the matter is marked as settled,” the tribunal orders read.

Former Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara represented the Communist Party

Ms Nderitu said on Tuesday that the decision of the tribunal means that the process of name change will proceed.

“Whatever remains now is administrative work between us (the office of registrar) and the party leadership,” Ms Nderitu said.

Bunge la Mwananchi is an organisation that meets at Nairobi’s Jeevanjee Gardens.

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