TNA/URP In Party Membership Fraud
Dead woman included in party members’ list
A dead woman and several Nation journalists are among scores of Kenyans who have been registered as members of political parties without their knowledge. Ms Lydia Wairimu Gichuba, who died on January 19 last year, is among scores of Kenyans registered as members without their knowledge, raising serious concerns about the authenticity of the lists submitted to the Registrar of Political Parties.
Nyeri resident Benjamin Gachagua was shocked to discover Ms Gichuba’s particulars on The National Alliance (TNA) members’ list while checking his status on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) website on Tuesday.
A random check by Nation staffers revealed that several were registered as members of various political partiers without their consent.
They include senior editors Macharia
Gaitho, Eric Shimoli and Njeri Rugene, who are listed as members of URP and TNA.
Other journalists who found their names on the registers of parties they never joined include Citizen TV senior editor Alex Chamwada.
In a letter to Registrar Lucy Ndungu, Nation Media Group called for immediate investigations into the matter.
“We would be grateful if you could investigate this and request the political party to confirm their records as to the exact identities of the membership and if necessary delete the names of the above-mentioned employees form their register,” read the letter, signed by NMG legal officer Sekou Owino.
“The concern from our said employees is that the appearance of their names as registered members of a political party without their respective approval is not only fraudulent but also carries professional risk to themselves,” he said.
Contacted, Ms Ndung’u said she had written to several political parties directing them to correct any such anomalies.
The Political Parties Act gives the registrar power to deregister a party which obtains its registration fraudulently.