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ODM disciplinary organ issues threat to send party defectors home

The committee's chairman Mr. Fred Athuok invoked Section 14(5) C of the Political Parties Act as having been violated by their action. Among those being threatened with the sack are governors Ukur Yatani (Marsabit) and Salim Mvurya (Kwale) and Joash Maangi (deputy to Kisii governor).

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 20 Sep 2016 19:35 EAT

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has written to 13 of its members who recently announced their defection to the Jubilee coalition. The party's Disciplinary Committee has asked the members, who include two governors, a deputy governor and several Members of Parliament, "to show-cause why they should not be deregistered from the party", according to a statement it sent to newsrooms.

The committee's chairman Mr. Fred Athuok invoked Section 14(5) C of the Political Parties Act as having been violated by their action. Among those being threatened with the sack are governors Ukur Yatani (Marsabit) and Salim Mvurya (Kwale) and Joash Maangi (deputy to Kisii governor).

The MPs being warned with the sack include Zainabu Chidzuga (Kwale women representative), Steven Kariuki (Mathare), Mpuru Aburi (Tigania East), Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi North), Mustafa Iddi (Kilifi South), Cyprian Kubai (Igembe Central), Isaac Mwaura (Nominated), James Rege (Karachuonyo), Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West) and John Waluke (Sirisia).

"The letters have been sent to individual members via registered post and are expected to respond in writing within seven (7) days failure to which, the Committee shall recommend to the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) that such members be expelled from the party for violating the Law and the Constitution of the party," the statement said.

The party said that in effecting the expulsion, necessary steps will be taken with the respective County, Parliamentary/Senate Speakers and the IEBC to declare the seats vacant to ensure that necessary by-elections are held for the affected seats.

It remains to be seen whether ODM will follow the process to its logical conclusion.

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