NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – Tiaty MP Asman Kamama has denied claims by his Nandi Hills counterpart Alfred Keter that he telephoned officials of the Gilgil Weighbridge demanding the release of a detained truck.
Kamama says that although he was with Keter earlier in the day, he did not make the call as alleged in a video clip where Keter is seen shouting at weighbridge officers.
“I did not call that weighbridge, and I want the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and even confirm from Safaricom, because I did not do it,” said Kamama.
Kamama who also chairs the National Assembly Security Committee joined his colleague in singing the anti-corruption song saying Keter should not be victimised for ‘fighting’ for the rights of Kenyans who have suffered in the hands of cartel-run weighbridges across the country.
“All weighbridges in Kenya are dens for corruption; there is massive corruption in Athi River weighbridge, Gilgil weighbridge all the way to Malaba. I want to call upon EACC to take radical measures; I know they arrested a few people in Mlolongo last year…most motorists and business people are suffering with bitterness. Te corruption cartels between Mariakani and Malaba have really fleeced people,” added Kamama.
He even claimed that some police officers have requested MPs to initiate their transfers to weighbridges.
He went to give an account of how he abandoned the transport business after cartels who always sought for bribes almost ran down his business.
He urged the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to look beyond the insults meted upon the weighbridge officers and look at the corruption menace crippling the country’s economy.
He proposed that instead of police manning the weighbridges, police should be sent back to camp to do what they are supposed to do as they were ‘complicating’ business on the roads.
He however says Keter’s conduct should not go unpunished, urging the United Republican Party to reprimand him for misbehaving and demeaning his social status by uttering unacceptable words.
“I think he should be reprimanded, not to use that language; I think reprimanding would really help,” he added
These sentiments have been shared by the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) which reminded Kenyans of the expected conduct of State officers recommending that action be taken against Keter and others including the MCAs who manhandled former ODM Executive Director Magerer Lang’at last year at Orange House accusing him of being a mole.
“Article 75(2) makes it mandatory that a state officer who contravenes the above provisions is subjected to applicable disciplinary procedures and may be dismissed or removed from office. If a state officer is dismissed or removed from office, they are disqualified from holding any other state office. Subjection to disciplinary procedures is not selective or elective but mandatory under the Constitution,” read part a statement from the CIC.