Communist Party of Kenya

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Communist Party of Kenya

ChairpersonKinuthia Ndung'u
General SecretarySeffu Sani
Membership (2022)46,700[1]
Political orientationMarxism-Leninism
International affiliationICOR, I.L.P.S

The Communist Party of Kenya (CPK) is a Marxist-Leninist political party in Kenya. The party was founded in 1993 as the Social Democratic Party (SPD), subscribing to a social democratic ideology. In 2013, the party officially adopted Marxism-Leninism as its guiding ideology, and rebranded itself into the Communist Party of Kenya.[2]

Membership[edit | edit source]

As of 2022, 30% of CPK members are workers, 44% are peasants, 10% are students, and 4% are soldiers.[3]

Electoral history[edit | edit source]

The party briefly held political office in 1997, winning 15 seats in the National Assembly out of 188. That same year, Charity Ngilu ran for president of Kenya with the party, receiving 7.9% of the vote. After losing this election, Ngilu left the party, and James Orengo succeeded her as party chairman. Orengo ran as the party's presidential candidate in the 2004 elections, only receiving 0.4% of the vote. The party also lost their 15 National Assembly seats from the 1997 election in 2004.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Basic National Conditions of Kenya" (2023-02). Itikadi. Archived from the original on 2023-03-31.
  2. “The Social Democratic Party of Kenya (SDP) has changed its name to Communist Party of Kenya (CPK).”

    Brian Ukaya. "Social Democratic Party of Kenya changes name to Communist Party of Kenya" The Standard.
  3. "The Basic National Conditions of Kenya" (2023-02). Itikadi. Archived from the original on 2023-03-31.