President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and his Deputy William Ruto hours after the Supreme Court nullified their election in September 2017. PHOTO/FILE
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Legislators from Rift Valley have now expressed their concerns over the ‘cruelty’ that President Uhuru Kenyatta is applying on Kenyan citizens following the arrest of Nandi Hills Alfred Keter.
Hon Keter wass arrested on Friday 16, February 2018 at the Central Bank of Kenya where he is accused of forging fake treasury bills worth Ksh633 million.
Since then, Mr Keter and two others are being detained without being booked at the OB as required, according to the leaders.
The leaders, led by Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and Cherenganyi MP Joshua Kutunyi, accussed President Uhuru of overseeing defiance on the law following recent actions by the government.
“Hon Keter has not yet been charged and no statement has been written. This is cruel and very impunitive.” Said Hon Kutunyi.
“We want to remind the president that at this rate, we are getting tired of him. You cannot keep on ignoring the law every now and then.” He added.
Mr Kutunyi has been one of the strong Jubilee supporter even when he lost his seat to Olympian Wesley Korir in 2013, president Uhuru still appointed him as his political advisor.
The Jubilee Government has lately been hitting the headlines in ugly ways, cracking down on opposition leaders including the illegal deportation of self-proclaimed National Super Alliance (NASA) General and lawyer Miguna Miguna to Canada.
The deportation of Dr Miguna last week generated heated debates across the world with activists calling on Uhuru to follow the law and ‘protect’ his citizens.
The High Court later revoked the former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant’s deportation terming it illegal.
On his side, Senator Moi echoed Kutunyi’s sentiments, saying the Rift Valley region has greatly supported president Uhuru Kenyatta and did not deserve the harassment of its leaders without due following the constitution.
“This kind of harassment is uncalled for and we demand justice not only for Rift Valley leaders but also for all Kenyans across the country.” Said the KANU chairman while addressing the media in Nairobi.
Political pundits have read into Keter’s arrest as signs of cracks in the Jubilee coalition with many questioning ‘how ready’ the media to cover Keter’s arrest.
The Rift Valley region has greatly supported president Uhuru Kenyatta for three elections now (2002, 2013 and 2017) and any fall out may dent Deputy President William Ruto’s quest for presidency come 2022 at a time when the DP is banking on President Uhuru’s Kikuyu community vote as pay back.
If found guilty, Hon Keter may lose his seat.