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The political storm stirred by the referendum settled fast inside main parties, but not in Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement. Though Raila has since after the resounding victory by ‘Yes’ side maintained a reconciliatory tone, Members of Parliament from his party who met yesterday made no secret that they want Higher Education, William Ruto, and his so-called ‘rebel’ group stripped of all party and Government positions they hold by virtue of their ODM membership. The accusation against them is that they donned ‘Red’ instead of ODM’s ‘Green’ uniform, and chose to play against their party in the referendum pitch. On the crosshairs are the 16 MPs, mainly from the Rift Valley, who joined Ruto in crisscrossing the country campaigning for ‘No’. In the renewed attack on Ruto and his group, which builds on the falling out with Raila over the PM’s views on handling of post-election violence cases and Mau Forest evictions, one question sticks out: Is this the end of Ruto and his group in ODM? Ruto, after all, is not an ordinary ODM member. He, like Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, is also a national deputy party leader. Yesterday, the MPs who met under the umbrella of ODM Parliamentary Group were emphatic they want Ruto who was is in April relegated to the low-profile Ministry of Higher Education from Agriculture, sacked from Cabinet. In what appears to be a continuation of the unbridled rivalry between the side in ODM sympathetic to Raila, and that leaning on Ruto’s shoulder, ODM Secretary general Anyang’ Nyong’o told a radio station the party has its internal disciplinary mechanism upon which those who disobey would be dealt with. Hit new low Eldoret North MP William Ruto But at the meeting chaired by ODM Chairman Henry Kosgey, MPs were ardent the Eldoret North MP’s team must bear their own cross.