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Sunday 10 May 2015

Senator Keter backed on parastatal cake sharing

A section of Kipsigis community has come open to defend Kericho senator Charles Keter over allegations that he bulldozed the recent state corporations appointments to suit his political whims in South Rift region.
Keter who is a close ally of William Ruto and is one of the powerful men in Uhuru’s government was accused by North Rift leaders led by Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi over allegations that he meddled with the appointments.
The two made the remarks two weeks during a funeral service in Uasin Gishu county. The Kipsigis community was short-changed during former president Daniel arap Moi’s regime where several leaders in positions never raised any complaint over the same.
Those who were in power include former cabinet ministers Nicholas Biwott, Henry Kosgey and Sally Kosgei as the Head of Public Service.
During Kibaki’s administration, those who were in power a second time were Sally Kosgei and Henry Kosgey and together with Ruto served in powerful positions.
“We have to respect one another and stop attacking each other yet we belong to larger Kalenjin subtribe,” said one of the leaders. The group urged the governor and the MP to be tolerant to others and stop personalising issues.
The war of words between the leaders is likely to split the populous Kalenjin into two groups one aligned to North Rift and the other to South Rift. Keter has since not responded to the leaders claims that he was involved in the appointment of the recent parastatals.
Kericho and Bomet counties were given two slots each, an issue that was not enough for the leaders to attack Keter on the same. Political observers conclude that the two leaders might have their own political problems in their backyard and Keter being a close ally of Ruto, was seen to have had a hand over it.

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