Dr Pule a former Science, Technology and Vocational Training minister in the MMD Government recently submitted to the Registrar of Society applications to register a new Party to be called Jubilee Party.
However, the Ministry of Home Affairs through the Registrar of Societies rejected the name of the Party because it was in conflict with a Government programme dubbed the 50th Independence Jubilee.
Home Affairs spokesperson Moses Siwali said in a statement yesterday that Dr Pule had since been advised to propose another name which was not in conflict with any other name.
“This move is not in any way intended to frustrate or indeed infringe on Dr. Pule’s right to register a society, organisation or political party but that it is merely a procedural screening process which every person or organization regardless of their standing in society is subjected to,” Mr Siwali said.
Mr Siwali said when Dr Pule proposes another name, Government would then consider his application for procession.
“The Chief Registrar of Societies is empowered under section 8 of the Societies Act Chapter 119 to refuse the registration of any Society, Organisation or Political Party which in his opinion would prejudice the good welfare and peace in the country or indeed advise accordingly like Dr. Pule’s issue,” he said.
He advised members of the public and organisations that have intentions to register a society or political party to ensure that they undertake a thorough research by consulting all stakeholders including the Registrar of Societies or PACRA prior to submitting applications so as to ward off this avoidable inconvenience.