, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – The Court of Appeal in Eldoret has ruled that Alfred Keter was validly elected Member of Parliament for Nandi Hills constituency.
Keter had filed the case at the Appeals Court seeking orders to overturn a verdict by the High Court which nullified his election on grounds that it was marred by irregularities.
Wednesday’s ruling was delivered by the Appellate Bench comprising Judges Erastus Githinji, Fatuma Sichale and Hannah Okwengu.
Keter had been declared the winner of the Nandi Hills August poll with 28,923 votes against 13,872 garnered by his rival Kitur.
The Nandi Hills MP immediately addressed the public in Eldoret Town.
“I prayed and asked God not to allow Alfred Keter to be sent back home, because I have not accomplished the mandate which I made to all Kenyans led by my constituents in Nandi Hills. I want to thank the Court of Appeal for finding that there was no wrongdoing on my part and that I was validly elected.”
He repeated his claims that the nullification of the victory by the High Court had been instigated by influential cartels who are dissatisfied with his anti-corruption campaign.
Keter assured his supporters outside the Eldoret Law Courts that he will continue to take on the cartels which had also masterminded his removal from chairing the Labour and Social Welfare Committee because they were still hell-bent on perpetuating corruption and siphon public funds.
“I want to thank God, because he foiled the plans of those who orchestrated this scheme to kick me out of Parliament, but I want to remind them of a Swahili proverb that says; the day the monkey is destined to die, all the trees get slippery.”
“I have been vindicated against allegations of any wrongdoing; but my only mistake is that I speak the truth, I am a whistle-blower.”
“I want to thank the President for joining me in this war against graft and I will also join hands with him so that we can totally expose the corrupt and eradicate graft so that the ordinary Kenyan who has been oppressed can have full enjoyment of his rights,” the vocal MP said.