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Top Kenyan ministers to be stripped of party posts

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Key politicians, among them eight Cabinet ministers, will soon lose their hold on political parties because they are now required to resign top party positions.The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution has advised the Registrar of Political Parties to ensure that ministers, assistant ministers and MPs do not hold positions in parties.The commission argues that to do so is to break the new Constitution.However, it emerged that the ministers occupying top party positions met early this year and agreed that the provisions which require them to relinquish their party positions will come into force after 2012.In a letter dated May 19, 2011 to the Registrar of Political Parties, Ms Lucy Ndungu, the CIC boss Charles Nyachae states that ministers and MPs should not hold party positions since they were State officers.“We opine that any appointed State officers who are holding offices in political parties are acting in contravention of the Constitution and penalties provided in the Constitution are applicable to them,” he said.He argued in the letters obtained by the Nation that Article 77(2) prohibits State officers from holding party positions.

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