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ODM rebels rubbish expulsion threat

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Dujis MP Aden Duale and Isaac Ruto of Chepalungu have rubbished attempts by individual party officials to discipline them, saying that mandate rests with the National Executive Council and the National Governing Council.

Addressing a news conference at the Parliament Buildings, the duo said they will lodge a complaint with the Political Parties Tribunal on Friday to resolve the matter.

"ODM cannot continue to use our numbers and at the same time deny us our rights," Mr Ruto said.

A letter signed by ODM Deputy Secretary General Joseph Nkaiserry and copied to the Registrar of Political Parties and National Assembly Speaker claimed to have expelled the two party members from the party.

He wanted the Registrar of Political Parties to write to the House Speaker to implement the move and subsequently declare their seats vacant.

Meanwhile, ODM Parliamentary Whip Jakoyo Midiwo has said they will also discipline suspended Higher Education Minister William Ruto after the \’successful\’ expulsion of Mr Duale and the Chepalungu MP.

Mr Midiwo said they would deal with all rebel MPs who are against Prime Minister Raila Odinga. He said the party would use its Constitution and the Political Party\’s Act to discipline the rebels.

The Orange Democratic Movement claimed that Mr Duale and Mr Ruto ceased to be members of the party after violating the party constitution.

"We will not allow a situation where a member disrespects the party leader… where at every rally or funeral you attend you hurl insults at your leader.  That is the sort of impunity we want to eliminate completely," said the ODM whip.

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Mr Midiwo added:" Let it be known, that whether you are councillor or an MP and you don\’t dance to our tune, you will go."

He insisted that Mr Duale and Mr Ruto had been openly supported the Party of National Unity and the United Democratic Movement at various rallies.

"They are the people who use the name of the party most; it\’s been two years since he (Mr Ruto) contributed a single cent to the party".

"All these members are ordinary MPs and they contribute 20,000 to 30,000, and Duale who is a national vice chairman contribute Sh5,000. What kind of example is he setting for the people he is leading? he wondered.

Mr Midiwo pointed out that the two MPs were among several rebel lawmakers who had been openly supporting UDM and also attended a recent PNU Parliamentary Group meeting in contravention of the party constitution and the Political Parties Act.

"We must define the way politicians behave, we must do it now for the future of our party," Mr Midiwo stressed.

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