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Migori Senator now wants ODM to expel party ‘rebels’ who met President Ruto

By Nyaboga Kiage February 9th, 2023 2 min read

Migori Senator Eddy Oketch is seeking to have ODM Members of Parliament who early this week met President William Ruto expelled from the party.

Through a letter to the party penned by Aguko, Osman and Company, the senator, who is serving his first term, named the seven MPs as Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Caroli Omondi (Suba South), Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o (Lang’ata), Paul Abuor (Rongo), John Owino (Awendo) and Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda.

In the letter, the senator said that a person who while being a member of a political party shall be deemed to have resigned from that party if that person promotes the ideology, interests or policies of another political party.

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He said since the day the lawmakers visited State House, they had started working closely with a different political party and there was no need for them to be considered as members of ODM.

“It suffices to say that their actions do not only fly on the face of the entire legal framework governing political parties’ membership but have also caused immense embarrassment, ridicule, anxiety and disgust amongst the members of the Orange Democratic Movement Party and its Party leadership at large,” the letter reads in part.

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He gave the office of the Secretary General of ODM to ensure that he goes ahead and suspends the members in a span of seven days if they will not voluntarily resign from the party.

“Our client’s further humble prayer is that pending the decision, action and/or grant of the two aforementioned prayers, the said individuals be forthwith de-whipped and/or recalled by the party from all parliamentary leadership positions and committees that they are serving in having been enabled as such by their membership in the Orange Democratic Movement Party whose ideologies they no longer subscribe to,” the senator said.

In response ODM said that it had received the letter and that already “internal mechanisms have been initiated with a view of processing it for action by the relevant party organs in accordance with the Party Constitution and any other relevant law.”

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