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Alfred Keter terms William Ruto’s position on Anne Waiguru hypocritical

By Silah Koskei | May 27th 2014 | 3 min read

Eldoret, Kenya: Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter has dismissed remarks by Deputy President William Ruto on the replacement of National Youth Service boss Kiplimo Rugut.

Keter claimed Ruto’s recent denunciation of calls to impeach Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru over Rugut’s transfer was an indication of hypocrisy.

Speaking at St Peter’s ACK in Kesses constituency during the opening of the church by bishop Christopher Ruto on Sunday, the Nandi Hills legislator wondered why the Deputy President had to take more than two weeks to reveal his involvement in the transfer.

“We sought divine intervention to be shown who specifically ordered the replacement of our brother Rugut and the truth came out. We now know them because they owned up and it is upon Kenyans to judge their actions,” he said.

The event took place concurrently with a fund-raising ceremony held 15km away at Arnersens Boys High School in Burnt Forest where Ruto was the chief guest.

Damage control

There was drama at the two functions after senators Kipchumba Murkomen, Kithure Kindiki and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi flew to Keter’s function moments after the Nandi Hills legislator had left for Kericho.

It was seen by pundits as attempts by Ruto allies to do damage control. The three leaders in a well orchestrated plan left the Deputy President with a host of local leaders at the venue and landed at Kesses where they used the platform that had earlier been used by Keter to lash out at Ruto.

The three donated Sh1.1 million towards the church before defending DP’s actions on the replacement of Rugut.

“The recent transfer of Rugut is currently used by a section of leaders to divide the public which is indeed not in good light,” said Prof Kindiki.

Keter had earlier claimed that the changes were made so that certain individuals can give room to corruption in the youth training institution.

He maintained that he would not accept to be harassed by leaders at the helm of leadership due to his constant outright remarks.

“We shall always speak on what is good or bad and no leader, no matter the stature, should intimidate us. We want the best for Jubilee leadership and the country at large,” Keter added.

The Nandi Hills MP lashed at Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale who recently referred to him as “deaf”. Keter said Duale was not anybody’s prefect and his antics of insulting leaders in their own backyard should stop.

Current debacle

He maintained that leaders from the Rift Valley ought to be respected.

“Rift Valley has always been calm and no day have we elected Duale to be our spokesman. He should stop accusing leaders who have the respect and esteem of the electorate,” he said.

Joshua Kutuny, a political advisor to President Uhuru Kenyatta and who was present at Kesses, warned the two factions against engaging in public spat.

He noted that the current debacle is likely to destroy the Jubilee government before it delivers its promises.

“I am worried about the current situation. It is true that something is not right but we should not use such forums to portray our differences because it will widen the problem. Dialogue should be the best healer in all problems,” he said.

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