Safina (Swahili for "Ark") is a political party in Kenya, founded by palaeoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey together with lawyer Paul Muite.[1]

Safina
LeaderPaul Kibugi Muite
FoundedMay 1995
IdeologyLiberalism

HistoryEdit

In May 1995, Richard Leakey joined some Kenyan intellectuals in launching a new political party – the Safina Party, which in Swahili means "Noah's Ark". The Safina party was routinely harassed and even its application to become an official political party was not approved until 1997. That year, international donor institutions froze their aid to Kenya because of widespread corruption. To placate the donors, Daniel arap Moi appointed Leakey as Cabinet Secretary and head of the civil service in 1999. Leakey's second stint in the civil service lasted two years. He lost the cabinet post in 2001.[2]

PoliticsEdit

In the legislative elections on 27 December 2007, the party won 5 out of 210 elected seats.

The party leader is Paul Muite, a former Member of Parliament for Kabete Constituency and a senior counsel at the Kenyan Bar. He and his running mate, Dr. Shem Ochuodho, were contestants for the Presidency of Kenya in the 2013 Kenyan general election.[3]

Safina's highest political organ is the National Executive Council, which meets twice a year. The NEC is elected for 4-year terms by a National Delegates Convention. The current NEC was elected on 15 July 2011.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kenya: Current information on Safina Party, especially on arrests of its members in 1995". refworld.org. 1 April 1996. Retrieved 25 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "African Warrior". theguardian.com. 9 October 2001. Retrieved 25 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Muite cleared for presidency, calls for peace". standardmedia.co.ke. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Kenya: Muite to Vie for Top Seat On Safina Ticket". allafrica.com. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)