URP leaders castigate Alfred Keter-Kenya belongs to all not only URP & TNA

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URP leaders castigate Alfred Keter-Kenya belongs to all not only URP & TNA

URP leaders castigate Alfred Keter-Kenya belongs to all not only URP & TNARift Valley URP leaders are divided over President Kenyatta’s appointments of retired civil servants and former MPs as parastatal chairpersons.

 

Several differed with Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter over his criticism of President Kenyatta and his deputy, Mr William Ruto, over the appointments.

 

Former Mosop MP David Koech, former ambassador Stephen Tarus and former assistant minister Stephen Misoi expressed contrasting views with those of Nandi MPs, who included Mr Julius Meli.

 

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“The party doesn’t support the stand taken by one of us, Alfred Keter, that retired civil servants and former MPs should not be appointed into key positions,” said Mr Koech, who an executive officer for Mr Ruto’s URP.

 

They were speaking at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Kapsabet, Nandi County, at the weekend.

What has evidently split the North Rift and South Rift leaders is the picking of former civil servants to head State corporations.

 

Some have dismissed the appointments claiming that URP and TNA supporters had been side lined for the benefit of a few well-connected people.

Mr Koech defended President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto, explaining that public service regulations were clear that the Head of State had powers to appoint chairpersons of public boards.

Only the positions of chief executive officers must be advertised as holders must serve on full-time, he argued.

 

Mr Tarus said that Kenya belonged to all and not just supporters of URP and TNA.

“Qualified Kenyans must be given jobs regardless of where they come from or who they voted for in the last General Election,” he said.

Koech said that counties must deliver service and stop the culture of giving key contracts to friends of governors in counties.

 

“This country is for all of us Kenyans and not those who are loyal to URP and TNA only. Qualified Kenyans must be given the job regardless of where they come from or who they voted for in the last general election,” said Mr Tarus.

 

But former assistant minister Stephen Misoi supported appointment of retired civil servant into government and asked county government and national government to accommodate former MPs and always consult elderly political leaders on how to governor the country.-nation.co.ke

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter during a thanks giving ceremony for Uasin Gishu Senator Isaac Melly held at Sergoit in the county on December 26, 2013. Rift Valley URP leaders differed with Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter over his criticism of President Kenyatta’s appointments of retired civil servants and former MPs as parastatal chairpersons. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA

URP leaders castigate Alfred Keter-Kenya belongs to all not only URP & TNA

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