Sacked Keter vows it is still No

April 22, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22 – Sacked Energy Assistant Minister Charles Keter maintains he will continue opposing the government’s position on the proposed Constitution.

Mr Keter, a staunch ally of William Ruto who was demoted to the Higher Education Ministry in Wednesday’s Cabinet reshuffle, said he would not be intimidated by the ouster.

“I will continue holding onto my position of opposing the draft constitution, that is my principle and I am not going to change,” the Belgut Member of Parliament told reporters moments before vacating office at Nyayo House.

He said while it was obvious that he was sacked because of his stand on the review process and association to Mr Ruto, he was yet to receive official communication from the appointing authority notifying him of the sacking.

“I learnt of the sacking from the media and immediately contacted the Office of the President which confirmed it and said it was my party leader who had given out my name.  That is why I have decided to come and hand over, I don’t have to wait to be chased away,” he said.

While reading politics in the surprise ouster, Mr Keter said he was not a “sycophant of anyone in government or his ODM party.”

“Those thinking that I am a sycophant of anyone are wrong, I chose to say No because of my own conscience and I will continue to do so,” he said.

Mr Keter is among a majority of Rift Valley MPs who have openly defied their party leader on various issues, particularly the controversial Mau conservation and lately the constitutional debate which is being championed as a government project by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga.

Majority of leaders from the region led by Mr Ruto who is their political kingpin and former President Daniel arap Moi have vowed to continue mobilising their supporters against the draft constitution which will be voted in a national referendum later this year.


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