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MP Alfred Keter spends second day at EACC offices

By Sophia Muthoni and Cyrus Ombati | January 29th 2015

NAIROBI: Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter was Thursday grilled for the second day at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission offices in Nairobi over his altercation with officials at the Gilgil weighbridge station.

When he later emerged from the offices, Mr Keter told the media he had presented to the commission 'evidence of corruption against the officials'.

"There is corruption in every way, and I will present evidence on some of the allegations I made. We need to quash corruption before it gets out of hand. There are serious corruption matters especially in the transport sector and we need to unearth it," he said.

But officials at the commission said they were still recording statements from the first time legislator regarding the drama in which he abused and intimidated the weighbridge officials to release a lorry that had been detained for lack of proper documentation.

He and nominated MP Sonia Birdi had been questioned on Tuesday over the drama.

Today, State House Comptroller Lawrence Lenayapa, Ms Birdi and Tiaty MP Asman Kamama are expected at the commission over the incident. Mr Lenayapa and Mr Kamama are expected to explain their side of the story after being mentioned by Keter a number of times in a video that emerged on Sunday morning.

The MP's actions have attracted outrage from the Government. The two MPs claimed that the State House Comptroller, Rift Valley PC Osman Warfa and Parliamentary Committee on Security Chairman Mr Kamama and some top police officers had called officers at the weighbridge demanding the release of the lorry, but the officers had allegedly refused to respond.

But Lenayapa termed the claims as crazy and denied calling police or customs officials to demand the release of the vehicle.

In the video, probably captured by officers tired of harassment, Keter is seen throwing his hands in the air asking to know whose interest the officials were serving.

"Tell me, who is the owner of that company, are they Ugandans subcontracting? For whose interest? We are the ones who legislate. We make laws for this country. No way," Keter is heard saying.

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