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State House boss quizzed over Keter weighbridge saga

Lenayapa leaves the EACC offices after recording a statement/JOSEPH MURAYA

Lenayapa leaves the EACC offices after recording a statement/JOSEPH MURAYA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – State House Comptroller Lawrence Lenayapa has recorded a statement at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission offices over MP Alfred Keter’s Gilgil weighbridge saga.

Lenayapa met EACC detectives between 9am and 10am Thursday, after which he left without addressing journalists.

The State House administrator was summoned alongside Tiaty MP Asman Kamama and Nakuru County Commissioner Osman Warfa who were all mentioned in a video clip by Keter as having allegedly called the weighbridge to secure release of a detained truck.

In the clip, Keter is heard hurling profanities at the weighbridge officers.

All the three have denied making calls to the weighbridge officers as alleged by Keter in the video clip that went viral on social media.

Keter, who was demanding release of the detained truck linked to nominated MP Sunjeev Birdi, has declined to apologise to the officers, insisting he was there to fight for Kenyans.

Kamama said on Wednesday that although he was with Keter earlier on that day, he did not make the call as alleged in the video clip.

“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.

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READ: ‘I never called Gilgil weighbridge’ – Kamama

The ethics commission is investigating Keter on the strength of Chapter Six of the Constitution which places a high threshold over the conduct of public officers.

The first-time Member of Parliament maintains that his reaction was fuelled by corruption allegedly going on at the weighbridge after a truck carrying equipment to drill boreholes in his constituency was detained.

“What was covered in the media was the seven minutes (of insults) there is another two hours that you didn’t show and those people covered the story to suit their interest to say we are bad. But you remember they also made a lot of loopholes in what they reported in the six or seven minutes; I have never reacted like that, I did that because of the serious challenges we face due to corruption,” retorted Keter.

READ: ‘I had to do what I did, no apology’ – MP Keter

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