After months of political uncertainty, the Court of Appeal in Eldoret on Wednesday gave Nandi MP Alfred Keter a lifeline when it overturned a lower court’s decision to nullify his election.
The rebel MP is never shy of drama ranging from lonely times in jail, lone press conferences in Parliament, threatening police officers at night to taking on the mighty including his party bosses.
As soon as the judgment was read, the 38 year old MP, who has attracted both foes and allies for his brusque nature, bare knuckled critiquing ,endless antics, daredevilry and gift of the gab announced that he was indefatigable and would not stop talking.
“I am back to work to continue with what have been doing. I know I’m being fought because I speak my mind. My friends Silas Tiren and Johanna Ng’eno and I are the only people who will tell you the truth because we are not afraid to say anything,” Mr Keter said.
Although the MP says he respects the DP, a fellow Nandi — a sub-tribe of the larger Kalenjin community — the lawmaker has become one of his fiercest critics.
“I know William Ruto is brilliant, but he is surrounded by foolish people,” he said, blaming him for some of the problems the community has faced such as ongoing evictions in the Mau forest and the maize scandal.
From a little-known lawmaker in 2013, the MP’s popularity has grown with some considering him one of Deputy President William Ruto’s likely successors in the Rift Valley. His greatest impediment, however, is that he is not considered loyal enough.