Tangatanga Movement and Mafisi groups have suffered a blow in their quest to be recognised as political parties.

This after the registrar of Political parties Ann Nderitu declined to reserve the words ‘Tangatanga’ and ‘Mafisi’ for use as political parties terming them offensive.

Tangatanga had written to the registrar to have the name reserved; they presented two names, Tanga Tanga Movement (TTM) and TangaTanga Movement (TTM).

On their part, Mafisi presented three names, Mafisi Alliance Party (MAP), Mafisi Federation Party (MFP), and Mafisi Republican Party (MPP).

On Wednesday, Ms Nderitu ruled that the suggested names did not comply with the constitution and the Political Parties Act 2011.

“Further to this and without prejudice upon registration of the party, the name shall not be in line with the Article 91 of the Constitution of Kenya. Kindly suggest other names for verification,” she said, further noting that she had rejected the names in the past.

The registrar however said the groups are free to continue operating as political groupings.

Through their lawyers Legal 360 Advocate Ltd, the Tangatanga Movement has since written to Ms Nderitu to reconsider her decision.

“In the interests of uploading our client’s freedom of association and right to fair administrative action under Article 36 and 47 of the constitution respectively, kindly consider revisiting your decision and reserve TANGATANGA Movement for our client,” said the group.