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ODM's letter to Registrar or Political Parties.

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ODM has put in motion steps to have the party’s rebel MPs lose their seats in Parliament. In a precedent setting move, the party wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties, Ms Lucy Ndung’u, last week asking her to find assistant minister Aden Duale and Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto in breach of Article 17 of the Act and declare their seats vacant. (Read: PNU and ODM dig in for battle) The relevant clause reads: “A person who, while a member of a political party - in any way or manner, publicly advocates for the formation of another political party, shall, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (2) or the provisions of any other law, be deemed to have resigned from the previous political party.” “I wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties last week and attached evidence to show that the rebel MPs have contravened Section 17 of the Political Parties Act. “The letter is in respect to Honourable Duale and Isaac Ruto. We want the Registrar to declare their seats vacant. We have also asked the Prime Minister to sack Duale immediately because he cannot keep on undermining the party,” ODM chief whip Jakoyo Midiwo said. “It is time to crack the whip. We want Raila to fire all the rebel ministers. We want to know who is with us. If you are not with us, you are against us. All the rebel MPs must go, and yesterday, not today,” a tough talking Midiwo added. Ms Ndung’u confirmed she had received the letter. “I understand the letter is there. I was away attending a workshop for political parties in Nyeri last week and I’ve only returned today so I intend to deal with the matter tomorrow,” she said. If she finds them guilty of breaching the Act, the Registrar shall write to the Speaker of the National Assembly asking him to declare their seats vacant.

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