The setting was at Eldoret Spots Club, in attendance was Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto plus URP/TNA surrogates and thousands of local residents, it is here that the youthful Alfred Keter- the Nandi hills MP sought to tell like it is!
The Youthful Nandi hills MP Afred Keter put president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy in an awkward position when he declared the MoU between URP and TNA impotent since the 50%:50% power sharing among the partners is not being honored.
Hon Keter, was wildly cheered by the crowd, when he claimed the issues he had been complaining about in government were not his own views but those of Rift Valley residents, and demanded that they be addressed! The crowd confirmed in affirmative via wild cheers as he sought to pass on the message to the president and his deputy.
Hon Keter took the bull by its horns by shaming the president, he told the president to his face that he had an obligation to fulfill the jubilee promises made during the campaigns under a year ago, and gave example of the one million jobs.
â€œWe promised these people that we would create jobs and now we are saying we will sack them. That, we will not accept,â€ said Keter when he rose to spoke at yesterdayâ€™s meeting.
Keter also wondered what Kibaki administration bureaucrats (those who fixed Ruto) were doing in government, the said bureaucrats he said were responsible for making sure the office of Deputy President had no money to buy even a tissue paper without their approval.
Kesses MP James Bett supported the sentiments, saying, officials who â€œfixedâ€ the Deputy President should not be in government.
â€œThe fixers wanted Ruto to be hanged at The Hague and there is no reason they should continue serving in the government,â€ Mr Bett said to cheers by the crowd.
The youthful Keter also got support from Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Eusila Ngeny who sought to state the fears of the many Rift Valley residents that their community may be targeted in the upcoming government retrenchment.
â€œFor instance, the retrenchment of our people in Telkom (Kenya) is still fresh in our minds. We want you to reconsider that plan,â€ said Ms Ngeny
Mr Keter also ventured into matters corruption in the young government when he claimed that the government was unfair in issuing tenders, citing the Sh1.3 trillion railway construction project.
MPs who opposed Mr Keterâ€™s sentiments were heckled for being untruthful and labelled Mt sellouts.
Deputy President William Ruto was forced to respond to issues raised in the local Kalenjin tongue. The president’s liutenants hon Duale, hon Kindiki and hon Murkomen tried to neutralize issues raised by the youthful first time MP by the youthful MP but it bore no fruits.
It is clear the URP part of Jubilee is NOT happy, young Keter is only making public what is obvious to many, here is how one pundit summarized the matter:
“William Ruto is playing ‘good cop,bad cop’ politics in Jubilee govt. If you care about this convenient ‘union’, here are the observable facts. This is a “nusu mkate” govt like other coalitions. That house is divided. Reason: Rutos fixers, govt jobs, govt money allocation etc. Charles Keter and Alfred Keter are not mad, childish or stupid; they are speaking for URP. Ignore Duale. Charles Keter was first to hit out at TNA that they took Ruto to Hague. He stood by his comments. This guy is a confidant of Ruto and lives with Ruto at the Hague. Who would know better Rutos mind? Then welcome Alfred Keter of Nandi Hills. He came out guns blazing on “Ruto fixers” and threw in there that Uhurus Railway Project is mega scandal in the making. The press carried this views countrywide. Fast track to yesterday’s UhuRuto rally. Alfred Keter is given a platform where Uhuru and Ruto are sat next to eachother and repeats same sentiments with a straight face. If Ruto did not sanction that message, me thinks, Keter would not have been let anywhere near the microphone. I think the two Keters are being used to play bad cop and then Ruto can come out as a good cop admonishing dissidence he is formenting. That is my take, what do you think? “