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Kenya needs only two political parties, says MP

07 May 2015, 10:42 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - Nakuru Town East MP, David Gikaria has said that Kenya has matured democratically and only needs two strong political parties.

Gikaria said that members of parliament should consider passing a law that will only allow the formation of two political parties saying this would bring political order and discipline in the country.

Speaking at Nakuru town Wednesday, Gikaria said what the country needs is a strong government and a strong opposition and not millions of briefcase parties.

“The hundreds of parties we have in the country do not add any value to our politics. Members of parliament must in the near future think of drafting a law that will only allow two major political parties in the country because that is how mature democracies are,” said Gikaria.

He dismissed those opposed to the merger of TNA and URP especially in the Rift Valley region terming them as time wasters.

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"We have moved to a new political dispensation. Highly competitive politics can only exist where there are no more than three political parties. Gone are the days when political parties operated like they were personal property," said Gikaria.

The legislator further observed that the era of briefcase parties has also come to an end and said the merger of TNA and URP is a sign of the country’s political maturity.

At the same time Gikaria called for end to persistent wrangles in The National Alliance (TNA) party's Nakuru branch.

He urged the warring factions to call for ceasefire and stop tainting the ruling party’s name at the grassroots.

“It is unfortunate that leaders are busy engaging in wrangles instead of recruiting members at the grassroots level. TNA is short lived and the leaders should stop fights and prepare to join Jubilee Alliance party (JAP),” said Gikaria.

The legislator accused the three factions fighting over ownership of the party saying they were after the KES 89.3 million that TNA received in February last year.

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