URP disowns Keter over weigh bridge corruption scandal
25 January 2015, 16:28
Nairobi - The United Republican Party URP has fought hard to protect its reputation but not that of Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, caught on camera insulting police officers to have impounded lorries released from a weighbridge in Gilgil.
The embarrassing incident put focus especially on social media, firmly on the party, especially a week after party leader DP William Ruto was forced to deny his involvement in land grabbing.
This time there was no hiding place for Keter and the party as he and nominated MP Sonia Birdi, also of URP were caught on camera trying to corrupt police into releasing the lorries.
Kenyans made their feelings known over the incident and the reaction was swift from Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale, himself a senior figure at URP who said that any person caught in corrupt activities must face the law.
" The law prescribes that any person who is caught engaging in corrupt activities faces the full force of the law," he said Sunday.
" URP as a party will not condone such actions and will firmly take a stance against its members that are found to be breaking the law with a firm hand," he added.
His counterpart though, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was however of a different opinion, calling on all those criticizing Keter and of questionable conduct themselves not to criticize too much.
" When he abuses us he is Independent minded democrat when he abuses others he is corrupt URP MP.Did u hear him mention DP or URP?Leave us alone, he said of those mentioning URP as a party in corruption.
Keter is a well known critic of the Jubilee government and has many times urged DP Ruto to quit the party as he is being shortchanged and Murkomen was not going to protect him this time.
" Do not use the President or State house as bogeyman nor the name of President in vain," he said of Keter's claims to police officers that he had word from State House to release the lorries.
" Finally the brokers chickens have come home to roost!," he added.
It is expected that Keter will be prosecuted over the matter, one which URP is clearly not interested in having its name dragged through.
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