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I can’t apologize to ‘criminals’, vows Keter

27 January 2015, 09:17 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter has vowed to not apologize to Gilgil weighbridge staff for insults he rained on them on Saturday night after they impounded trucks.

Keter said he is an anti-corruption defender and will not apologize to ‘criminals’ who have been illegally withholding trucks on claims over overweight, demanding certain licenses from truck drivers who intention is to receive bribes.

“I overreacted the way I did because of the high level of corruption that takes place at the Gilgil weighbridge and I can’t apologize to those criminals,” said Keter.

He revealed that alongside the URP nominated MP, Sunjeev Birdi, he went to the weighbridge after receiving complaints from truck drivers and the public who claimed the staff were demanding bribes because they lacked certain licenses and the vehicles were overweight.

“At the weighbridge, we found many trucks withheld on unclear circumstances yet some were carrying relief food to Baringo and Turkana. We want our roads to be free from incidences of corruption. I wonder why a truck weighing 20 tonnes at Mlolongo Weighbridge in Nairobi weighs 22 tonnes at Gilgil station,” wondered Keter.

The Nandi Hills MP faulted the video recorded as an exhibit of his abusive reaction towards the officers, insisting it was only aimed at tarnishing his name in the fight against corruption.

“People who recorded and gave out the video clip gave a different version meant to taint our names as honorable members. In fact, they are the ones who had claimed that they had made numerous calls to senior government officials, and who were we to tell them anything?” posed Keter.

He vowed to continue fighting corruption in the country to ensure every government department is corruption free and that every citizen get equal employment opportunities and services.

Read Also: VIDEO: Keter caught on camera threatening weighbridge staff

“After the Gilgil incidence, today there has been a protests at the Mlolongo Weighbridge concerning the same corruption issues. We have been called to take part in the demonstration and I can tell you our roads are full of corruption right from Mombasa, Malaba, Uganda to Rwanda,” lamented Keter.

Birdi said the level of corruption in the country was worrying and that the government address the matter with urgency.

She also faulted people who recorded the video saying they should be investigated for tarnishing their names.

“People who recorded and gave out the clip should be the first to be investigated for the corruption cases at Gilgil Weighbridge,” said Birdi.

The duo has already recorded statements with police for investigations over the incident following a directive issued by the Acting Inspector General, Samuel Arachi. 

The two legislators were speaking to the media at Parliament Buildings. 

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