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'Keter did not do anything wrong'

28 January 2015, 11:44 Philomenah Chebet

Nandi - Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter who has been in the news recently after being involved in an altercation with officers at a weighbridge in Gilgil has received backing from a Rift Valley Governor.

Speaking to journalists in Eldoret town on Tuesday, Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago said that the vocal first-time legislator did not do anything wrong.

Keter was captured on a video that went viral giving a dressing down to police officers at the weighbridge on Saturday night for failing to pick his call and that of high ranking government officials including the statehouse controller.

In what may be seen as absolving Keter from blame, Mandago said a number of public servants have gone rogue by failing to take orders and follow instructions from their superiors.

“There are also a number of public servants these days who do not obey the public service code. You call these people and they do not pick up their cell phones. That is the frustration some of us go through each and every day. Any one of us would have reacted the same way if we were in the shoes of my brother Keter,” said the Governor.

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Mandago has himself been involved in a number of altercations with public servants in his County. Last year, he led residents of Cheptiret in blocking the busy Eldoret-Nakuru-Nairobi highway, inconveniencing motorists for over five hours.

This was after he had an argument with Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) officials whom he was ordering to construct a parking space and tarmac Cheptiret Market centre.

Wareng District Commissioner (DC), Seif Matata had a hard time restraining the Governor who was involved in a war of words with KENHA engineers, whom he claimed had abused him.

“I will not allow the engineer working on this road to work anywhere in Uasin-Gishu County. I will not be insulted by people we have employed in this County,” he was recorded as saying.  

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