Senator Malala wants small parties to benefit from the Political Parties Fund
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala now wants the 2011 Political Parties Act amended in an effort to ensure that small political parties also get a share from the Political Parties Fund.
Speaking to Citizen TV on Tuesday, Senator Malala said the Political Parties Fund is paid for by taxpayers, and as such all parties formed by citizens should benefit from the fund.
“For us to strengthen the democracy of political parties, we must do an amendment on the Political Parties Act to ensure that even the small parties get funding,” said Malala.
“We want a situation whereby the small parties – and this we are going to move an amendment in parliament – to ensure that for you to be a parliamentary party you don’t have to get three governors, it is unreasonable.”
The senator further termed the introduction of the Parliamentary Party under the Political Parties Act amendment in 2011 as a challenge to political parties.
“It is very restraining for parties to gain three governors, three senators, three women representatives,” said Malala.
According to the act, a Parliamentary Party must have 3 governors, 3 senators, 3 women representatives, 21 Members of Parliament and 42 Members of County Assembly, until when it qualifies to get funding from the Political Parties Fund.
“Were it not for the Political Parties Fund we would not be seeing these big crowds and these convoys traversing this country. They are running around because they have the financial muscle from the Fund,” he claimed.