NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and Nominated MP Sonia Birdi risk losing their seats after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko approved their prosecution.
Keriako directed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to proceed and charge the two for breaching Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya and the Provisions of the Ethics and Integrity Act 2013.
A press release from DPP reads: “Prosecution to commence once the two files have been merged/ consolidated. In addition he advised EACC to refer the matter to the National Assembly for disciplinary action against the two MPs.”
Their trouble started after they were captured on video harassing weighbridge officials in Gilgil where they had gone to demand the release of a truck belonging to the nominated MP.
The Leadership and Integrity Act Section 11 requires state officers to conduct themselves in a professional manner when discharging his duties.
Section 11 (a) states: “A State officer shall carry out duties of the office in a manner that maintains public confidence in the integrity of the office.”
“A state officer shall treat members of the public and other public officers with courtesy and respect,” reads Section 11(b).
The DPP has further asked EACC to initiate appropriate mechanisms for the removal of the two MPs from office.
The EACC had on Thursday forwarded six more files involving high profile officials to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for action.
The files were part of 175 files that a multi-agency team from the DPP’s office and anti-graft commission has been reviewing. They contain details and suspects of corruption in the Public Service.
President Uhuru Kenyatta gave the EACC 60 days to prosecute the cases and ordered public officials mentioned to step aside whilst investigations continued.
Cabinet Secretaries named in the report have so far resigned from office.