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Keter corruption saga an inconvenient truth

26 January 2015, 14:22 William Korir

Nairobi - When Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter was caught on camera shouting insults at police to illegally release impounded lorries, what was exposed was not a surprise, but the reality of what happens on the ground.

Keter has been rightly chastisised by members of the public as well as members of the political folk for his conduct, which was rank awful and a bad example to the people he represents and his status in society.

But on the other hand, what the incident did expose, was what really does happen on the ground, just that most rarely make it to the public eye.

Corruption is rife at the country's weigh bridges, with different exposes showing police officers illegally making as much as KES 2 million daily to allow lorries and trailers carry excess weight on the country's roads.

" I was there to expose corruption," Keter and his co accused, Nominated MP Sonia Birdi told reporters at the CID head quarters Sunday.

" Everyone knows what goes on at these places. I and my colleague went there to show the public the level of incompetence at these weigh bridges," he added.

Whether his story carries weight or not is up for debate, but what everyone agrees is that this case was just one out of hundreds that take place every day.

" The weigh bridges are riddled with corruption. The incident that Keter was involved in is one in a million that are actually acted upon by anti corruption police," George Mwigia, a former anti corruption official who has worked at several weight bridges told News24.

" It is the name of the game. You state your price, police do the same and an agreement is reached," he added.

" What you will probably find is that Keter used too much force to try get the lorries released. If he negotiated and left, that story would not have surfaced," he added.

And thus the inconvenient truth.

Corruption is there and will not stop with Keter. If they think it will, they have lost their way and that is the mighty truth.

" There has to be more done to ensure that corrupt officers are dealt with and the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission has a role to play in this matter, Keter said as a parting shot.

Whether he will be prosecuted over the matter is another matter. Kenyans await with bated breath.

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