user_mobilelogo

Party Emblem

sdp party emblem

Party Headquarters

Swiss Cottages,Off Ring Road,
Kileleshwa, Nairobi.
TEL: +254 721 158 008 / +254 729 497 009 / 0721 276 829

Contact Us

Communist Party of Kenya (CPK)
P.O Box 4403-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
 

Find us on Facebook

sdpkenya facebook

Find us on Twitter

Important links

donate

 

membership

 

LATEST ISSUE

telesur

 

 

 

news from latin america

 

 

alnef

 

 

marxist internet archive

 

The Speech delivered by Comrade Ajiambo Joyce Ashlyn, in the Congress of the Socialist Movement of Ghana held in Winneba, Central Region- Ghana from the 30th of July to the 3rd of August 2021.

 

A VICTORY TOWARDS VICTORY

Comrades, I bring revolutionary greetings from the leadership of the Communist Party of Kenya.

Today is a special day not only in Ghana but in Africa at large. It is a special day in the sense that we stand here today. In the land of our beloved Kwame Nkrumah to echo the voices of victory towards victory that are resounding in Africa.

Dear comrades, I stand to convey our heartfelt congratulatory messages on behalf of the Communist Party of Kenya to the Socialist Movement of Ghana. This is a historic achievement towards the struggle to end all forms of oppression and exploitation of person by person in Ghana and beyond. We are encouraged by the fact that the Ghanaian Socialist Forum re-introduced progressive and scientific thinking into Ghana’s population over the years and with remarkable results that have been felt throughout the continent and the progressive world.

The Communist Party of Kenya has had the opportunity to share platforms with the Ghanaian Socialist Forum in several international forums, including solidarity meetings with Cuba, Venezuela, Western Sahara and Palestine. The two organisations have worked together in trying to revive the panafrican movement even at a time when the leadership of the two organisations did not know each other.

Therefore, our presence here is neither accidental nor a mere formality, but an act of true solidarity.

 

The Communist Party of Kenya has also had its own transformations that were difficult to achieve, but have helped bring back ideological politics and clarity into Kenyan politics, which is still stifled with tribalism, which the owning class deliberately use to divide the masses and to scuttle their ability to organise.

In the 1980s, Communist, Socialists, and pro-democratic reforms activists in Kenya had to organise from the underground, since the dictatorship of the then President Daniel Moi and the KANU Party refused to allow for any progressive, let alone revolutionary organisation to happen. Many patriots lost their lives, many survived with permanent physical and non-physical injuries, and many even lost the will to continue with the struggle.

In 1992, the ruling party KANU was forced to re-introduce multi-partism as was the case in many other African countries, but revolutionary names and identity for political parties were still banned.

Later on, many revolutionaries and progressives decided to hide under the name “Social Democratic Party of Kenya” and over time they converted the party into a proper Marxist-Leninist party, while still maintaining the SDP tag.

In 2010, the Kenyan masses won another victory in the reforms sense, when the new Kenyan Constitution was promulgated, ushering in a new era of democratic and human rights reforms.

In 2019, the Party Congress resolved to change the Party’s name so that it could reflect who we actually are…and we are Communists. And therefore on 5th January 2019, the Communist Party of Kenya was re-born, with its true identity.

However, even though the Kenyan Constitution allowed for such changes to happen, the Government of Kenya refused to accept the change of name, claiming that Communism failed, communism is divisive, communism is illegal in Kenya, and that our symbols were scary (of course, the bourgeoisie must be scared when we remind them that we shall hammer then out of oppression, and sickle them from exploiting the working class and the masses!)

To cut the long story short, the Party, by use of political and legal tactics, eventually won the political and legal battles and we now organise legally as the Communist Party of Kenya.

But why are we sharing this history? We are sharing this history because the struggle of building revolutionary organisations, whether in Ghana, Zambia, Tunisia or Kenya is a difficult process, right from reclaiming our identity, and in doing the difficult work of building the organisation, increasing the political and ideological consciousness of the working class and the masses, and to forming revolutionary alliances and solidarity with communist political parties, socialist governments across the world and all the oppressed peoples of the world.

However, irrespective of all the challenges and persecution that is brought towards us, towards the Socialist Movement of Ghana, we must push on with the struggle for a better humanity.

As a young revolutionary woman, I believe that the adoption of the working program for the Socialist Movement of Ghana, which speaks to the mobilisation of the women and the youth will be of immense value to the Movement. Women and the youth have been the greatest victims of the neo-liberalism that has sunk Africa into the worst of poverty…leaving us with no other option but to fight for a peaceful and classless society.

 

As I conclude, the Communist Party of Kenya hereby encourages the Socialist Movement of Ghana to accelerate its growth path, so that we can soon be invited here again to launch the Socialist, or better still, the Communist Party of Ghana, CPG!

Political parties are the highest platforms of engaging the masses in their struggle against the ever organised bourgeoisie. Most revolutionary political parties in Africa are still small, but that must not be an excuse for slowing ourselves down.

 

Viva the Socialist Movement of Ghana!

Viva Pan Africanism Viva!

Down with imperialism down!

 

-end-

 

Cde Ashlyn Ajiambo, on behalf of the Communist Party of Kenya

Winneba, Ghana – 1st August 2021

Book Review - LITERARY APPRECIATION: THE PURPOSE OF THE EPIC AS A LITERARY FORM ...
16 Oct 2021 07:47

  Title: Sundiata - Epic of Old Mali  Author: Mamadou Kouyate (Recorder) /b> By Mwandawiro Mghanga 1. Introduction I wrote this literary appreciation in the 1980s when I was a student at the University of Nairobi. Since Itikadi is a publication about socialism theory and practice, I have decided to submit it for publishing in the current issue of Itikadi not only to show the importance of using the method of historical materialism in literary appreciation but also the role of literature in the struggles for change. For literature is a weapon. In a class society, literature reflects clas [ ... ]

Read more
Book Review - Literary Style of Exposing the Root Cause of Corruption through th...
16 Oct 2021 07:46

  Title: No Longer at Ease Author: Chinua Achebe   By Mwandawiro Mghanga  > The novel, No Longer at Ease, starts at the end and ends at the end. We briefly encounter the main protagonist, Obi, in court awaiting judgment for a case of corruption against him. Other important protagonists, Mr. Green, Clara, and Obi's mother are also mentioned in the first two pages. At the same time, the main theme of the story, corruption, which has become part and parcel of Nigerian life - and of course that of African countries - is introduced with the sarcastic humour which is present throughou [ ... ]

Read more
Book Review - Assessing the manifestation and impact of neo-colonialism in Kenya...
16 Oct 2021 07:46

by Benedict Wachira ‘The UK is the largest European foreign investor in Kenya. Currently, there are about 100 British investment companies based in Kenya, valued at more than STG £2.0 billion.’ ~Website of the British High Commission in Kenya Title: Neo-colonialism - The last stage of imperialism Author: Kwame Nkrumah     1 Introduction There is no doubt that Kwame Nkrumah’s Neo-colonialism - The last stage of imperialism is extremely relevant in the Africa of today. Written in 1965, the analysis in the book can still be seen to different degrees in all African countrie [ ... ]

Read more
Poem - Transfer by Revolutionary Patriot
16 Oct 2021 07:45

Transfer   by Revolutionary Patriot   When they come at Kamiti to see me You will explain to them You will tell them I am no longer at Kamiti Prison They have transferred me 800 kilometres Away from Werugha, where I was born They have taken me to Eldoret Not at Eldoret town, not on a tour They have taken me to prison To bury me in the pit of torture When my wife comes to see me Try to inform her   But also tell them not to worry Being transferred doesn't trouble me that much Let them understand Because at no time did I request To be imprisoned, to be imprisoned in any pr [ ... ]

Read more