A member of parliament has never been seen around his constituency for any campaign rally, only being watched crisscrossing a neighbouring county, where he is hosted by his close friends.
Alfred Kiptoo Ketter won April nominations in Nandi Hills Constituency in what his supporters described as “landslide” compared to his competitors. Since then, he has never held a campaign rally in the constituency to push for the last-minute vote hunt due for August 8, four days to go!
There are currently three aspirants for MP in Nandi Hills; Alfred Ketter on Jubilee, Benard Kitur as independent and another for Orange Democratic Party (ODM).
A personal assistant to the Alfred Ketter said, “there is no need to campaign alone. If you’re an athlete, can you run alone in the field where you’ve no competitors?” referring that the other two contestants are a no-show, undermining their ability to dislodge incumbency and that the Nandi Hills MP seat is a walk in the park for Ketter to retain for a second term.
Residents have been asking about the MP’s whereabouts, wondering why he’s not campaigning like the other aspirants are doing, Tuga Tai (Senator Arap Sang for governor), Kiprotich Cherargei (for senate), Gideon Koech (for Nandi Hills ward MCA), Benard Kitur (for MP Nandi Hills) among others.
Pundits have it that the vocal MP has been camping and partying in Eldoret’s Uasin Gishu county alongside his Kapseret counterpart Oscar Sudi. Recently both appeared in DP Ruto’s home in Sugoi after an incident of attack that is currently under investigation.
Rebellion is mounting high against Ketter who appear to have abandoned his people after supporting him win April’s primaries. The latest lashing is about the youth who were employed by government’s NYS scheme of Kazi Kwa Vijana.
The youth were promised payments every Friday. Their scope of work largely involves sanitation and bush clearing along the roadsides. After waiting for about three weeks without pay and failed promises, Nandi Hills youth decided to seek assistance from the office of the area’s legislator.
They gathered on the day they were called to pick tools, and called one of Ketter’s personal assistant who came assured them of MP’s support and left. Dissatisfied, they decided to call Alfred Ketter for immediate intervention. In a recorded audio heard and currently in possession by Arise Nandi, the MP denied his PA’s earlier assurance saying that he no longer works in his office 8 months ago!
He denied intervention into the matter, saying he is not Waiguru and has no relationship with National Youth Service. The lashing angered the protesting youth who threatened not to vote for him on August 8.
In reply, Ketter dared them, saying “Opir oliongen. Lechi kopir oleingen”.
In a strange twist of events, Alfred Ketter shot to the national limelight during NYS scandal. He was most vocal against the 971 million theft, asking the government to resign then Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru for swindling the youth funds.
Today, he has turned his back to the same youth who seek assistance from NYS, just to have their salaries paid as earlier agreed.
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