Rebel MP Alfred Keter’s election nullified
Embattled legislator Alfred Keter has been dealt yet another heavy political blow after the Eldoret High Court on Thursday nullified his election victory.
Keter’s election as Nandi Hills MP was petitioned by independent candidate Bernard Kitturr whom he floored during th Jubilee Party primaries.
Speaking shortly after the court ruling, Keter blamed his latest tribulations on what he termed as his sustained fight against corruption.
“We have been through a lot. I expected this based on what I have been going through. I have been fought because or fighting corruption,” Keter said.
“The court has decided and we will deliberate with the lawyers on the way forward,” he added.
Keter went on to blame cartels for his woes saying he together with the three MPs who were stripped of leadership in parliamentary committees have been targeted.
“Since we won the committee leadership there are people who never slept, the cartels were very upset,” he said.
Keter also linked his election nullification to that of Marakwet East MP Kangogo Bowen who lost his seat on Tuesday following a successful election petition.
The Nandi Hills legislator has been in a troubled relationship with his party leading to him being removed as chairman of the Labour and Social Welfare committee.
The rebel Jubilee MP is currently out on bond after he was recently arrested at the Central Bank of Kenya headquarters in Nairobi for presenting forged treasury bills worth Sh633 million.
Meanwhile, the High Court in Kiambu has also nullified the election of Gatundu North MP Wanjiku Kibe.
High Court Judge Joel Ngugi cited massive irregularities by IEBC consequently nullifying the election of the former radio host.
In Kisumu High Court, Ugenya MP Chris Karan lost his seat following a successful petition by his rival David Ochieng.
The High Court ruled that Mr Karan’s campaign was “perverted”, and that the entire August 8, 2017 in Ugenya was “compromised”.
Mr Karan suffered a double blow as the judge ordered him and other respondents to pay Sh7 million in costs.