Uhuru signs new law allowing politicians to merge parties

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the 2016 Appropriations Act and the Political Parties (Amendment) Act into law at State House in Nairobi on June 30, 2016. Watching, from right, are Deputy President William Ruto, National Assembly Speaker Justus Muturi, Majority Leader Aden Duale, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and Solicitor-General Njee Muturi. PHOTO | PSCU

What you need to know:

  • New law cushions members of the merging parties against losing their seats following the dissolution of the platforms that sponsored them.
  • It means rebel Jubilee coalition members will retain their seats despite the dissolution of their parties.
  • New law also provides that a political party shall stand de-registered if it does not field candidates in two consecutive general elections.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday assented to several Bills, among them the Political Parties (Amendment) Act and the Appropriations Act 2016.

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