President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021, into law.
This is following approval of the party laws by the Senate on Wednesday, with just months to the August General Election.
The Head of State, Uhuru Kenyatta, signed the controversial Bill into law at an official ceremony on Thursday in Nairobi.
The event was attended by Attorney General Paul Kihara, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, his National Assembly counterpart Justin Muturi as well as House Majority Leaders Samuel Poghisio (Senate) and Amos Kimunya (National Assembly).
The new law allows party candidates to run on either coalition party tickets or individual party tickets.
It outlines the functions of political parties as well as the criteria of accessing the Political Parties Fund.
The law empowers the Registrar of Political Parties to certify party membership lists and nomination rules, among other provisions.
In the new law, parties will have four months to form coalitions before a general election.
The Bill sailed through both Houses of Parliament despite a spirited fight by lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto.
Earlier today, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei said 28 colleagues who voted to pass the Bill yesterday were bribed with Ksh100,000.
He argued that the Bill was compromised and plans are underway to challenge it in court.
“I can assure you if this matter goes to court this law will be disallowed and I said it on the floor of the Senate yesterday that parliament will be embarrassed by the court of law because the process has been shunned with violence, intimidation, blackmail, bribery,” said the firebrand legislator.
Ruto is on record saying the Bill undermines the independence of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and political parties, arguing it creates an imperial Registrar of Political Parties.
The DP’s allies had attempted to shoot down some of the proposed amendments in the Coalition Bill in the National Assembly without success.