Kenya: Chamaya Mapatano Kenya Launched in Nairobi

Former Kanu women congress leader Damaris Cherono Too has launched her political party - Chama Ya Mapatano Kenya (CYMK), nine Months after her resignation from the independence party.

Ms Too said CYMK will fight for the rule of law, democracy, human rights and inclusivity for every Kenyan citizen.

Speaking during the unveiling of the new political vehicle at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi on Thursday, Ms Too said that the party will advocate for women's agenda and space in leadership. She added that the new outfit will also push for the realisation of two thirds gender rule.

"Gender parity is a global necessity, it's time for women to claim their space in positions of leadership in Kenya," she declared.

Economic inclusivity

Flanked by the party's Secretary-General Oscar Koech and national chairman Kenneth Wambu, Ms Too noted the new party is a social democratic and economic emancipation association which brings together innovative, fearless, workers', non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and lobby groups with a common goal of pursuing economic inclusivity and equality among Kenyans.

CYMK, she noted, is founded upon the values of human dignity, the achievement of equality and advancement of human rights and freedoms. The said the new party is hinged on the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.

"Mapatano, as the name suggests, is the coming together, of equal-minded people who want to do a different kind of politics - politics of accountability," added Ms Too.

Politics, she noted, is not the preserve of the most financially endowed, "not the most elite of our society, and not the preserve of men."

Even though she noted that she will not be gunning for the country's top seat, Ms Too pointed out that the party will back a candidate whose agenda is in sync with theirs.

Like-minded individuals

"We shall identify and work with other like-minded individuals, including the government, in ensuring services are delivered to the people," she added.

She said the party supports unity of the country through President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga's spirit of the 'Handshake.'

"When we say Mapatano, we mean inclusivity. We urge the President and his partners to involve every Kenyan in this process," said Ms Too.

The officials also denied being stooges for established politicians. They insisted the party seeks to ensure the position of women in leadership is safeguarded.

Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu told Nation that the officials had followed due process to register the new political outfit.

"It has since been provisionally registered," said Ms Nderitu.

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