Grace Akumu loses Citizen Conventions Party, blames lack of funding and political hostility
When she started a political party in 2014, Grace Akumu was optimistic that it would become a force in the region.
Akumu had big ambitions with her Citizen Conventions Party (CCP) and wanted to follow in the footsteps of other female party leaders like Martha Karua of Narc Kenya.
After all, Nyanza had already set an example by embracing former trailblazers like the country’s first female MP, Grace Onyango.
Today Akumu has quit his party after experiencing the problems faced by fringe parties in regions dominated by one party.
New officials have taken over his party in the hope that the new leadership will realize their vision for the party after its withdrawal.
What was once the CCP is now called the Ubuntu People’s Forum. It was published by the Registrar of Political Parties.
Yesterday Akumu told The Standard about the difficulties she went through in her attempts to build the party and how her attempts failed. The collapse of the CCP was coming.
She faced stiff opposition in Nyanza where ODM is dominant. Nationally, she says other women have frustrated her efforts to increase membership.
“It wasn’t easy for me. I spent my money on my own to support the operations of the party and I managed to mobilize several people to join it but it was not tenable, ”she says.
In a region where women struggle to survive in a male-dominated politics, Akumu says she has faced stiff opposition when trying to challenge ODM’s dominance. She alleges hostility from other parties.
“Nyanza doesn’t want to host any other party. It wasn’t a walk in the park to promote the party, ”she said.
In 2017, her party fielded candidates for elective seats, but could not win any because it received strong opposition from the ODM.
Earlier this year, Akumu made another attempt to reorganize her party by aligning it with Vice President William Ruto’s candidacy in 2022, but that attempt was unsuccessful following what she says was welcoming. cold of small parties by the DP.
“The DP was adamant that we were abandoning our parties and joining the UDA and that was an option I could not accept,” she said.
Like other fringe parties, the strict rules set by the government on the party’s fund have sidelined it and forced it to rely on donations from members.
In order for fringe parties like his to qualify for political party funds, they must have at least 25 MCAs and three governors.
“The government has made it very difficult for small parties to qualify for funding and that is why most of the fringe parties are unable to survive,” Akumu said.
Deprived of funding to support her party’s operations, Akumu was considering the possibility of her outfit being deregistered by the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties.
Earlier last week, a Gazette notice from Clerk Ann Nderitu listed the interim officials who will take charge upon the expiration of the seven-day notice.
In the series of changes, party chairman Vincent Ekapolon will be replaced by Beatrice Nyawira, while party leader Grace Adhiambo will hand over to Samwel Rukahu.
The new changes will also see Fanuel Tolo, the CPC general secretary, replaced by Njoroge Gichuhi, while Joyce Ongai, named Jubilee MCA, will replace Magdalene Ramoya as women’s leader.