Pas­saris in an­other set­back as High Court re­jects haram­bee party name

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Busi­ness­woman Es­ther Pas­saris has suf­fered an­other set­back af­ter the High Court de­clined to al­low her political party to be regis­tered. This is the sec­ond time she has lost the case af­ter the ini­tial ap­peal was dis­missed by the Political Par­ties Tri­bunal on grounds that Regis­trar of Political Par­ties Lucy Ndung’u was within her right to de­cline to reg­is­ter Haram­bee Demo­cratic Party. On Monday, High Court judge Lucy Nju­guna said the ap­peal lacked merit and Pas­saris had failed to demon­strate how the regis­trar vi­o­lated her rights. Pas­saris said the regis­trar’s de­ci­sion may have been in­flu­enced by pow­er­ful peo­ple. The regis­trar, how­ever, de­nied the claim. She said the as­ser­tion by Pas­saris is far­fetched, has no ba­sis in law and should be treated as mere political pro­pa­ganda. “The word ‘haram­bee’ is pro­tected by law from use un­der Sec­tion 3 of the National Flag, Em­blem and Names Act Cap 99 laws of Kenya,” Ndung’u said.

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