Nand Hills member of parliament, Hon Alfred Keter, found himself in an unfamiliar environment on Friday afternoon when he was addressing a charged gathering in Lessos.
The residents who were protesting the killing of two residents by police officers. The two were reportedly shot dead following demonstrations as a result of the killing of a trader in Lessos town by police for failure to wear a facemask.
Keter, who is a fierce critic of the deputy president was addressing the residents alongside other area leaders. Some of the Leaders present during the peace meeting include Governor Jackson Mandago OF Uasin Gishu County and Stephen Sang of Nandi County.
The Charged crowd cut short his speech when he informed them that he had a personal message from the head of State, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He informed the charged group that all the officials present during the meeting had been sent by the head of state since he had been greatly touched by the brutality meted to the people of Nandi by the police. According to the Nandi Hills Mp, President Kenyatta would ensure that justice had been served to the people as soon as possible.
All was going well until one of the residents shouted him down demanding to know who had sent him.
Today I had an opportunity together with other leaders and officials from the Ministry of Interior to address the people of Lessos in my constituency in an effort to resolve an issue of police brutality.#Policereforms pic.twitter.com/2DW8hEn8VD
— Alfred Keter (@alfredarapketer) June 26, 2020
‘’ Who sent you? Whose representative are you in this meeting?’’ the angered resident shouted.
Keter responded that he had been sent by the president himself. His answer was swallowed by deafening shouts from the crowd. They demanded that he delivers Deputy President, Willaim Ruto’s message only.
‘’We only want to hear about Ruto, keep the rest to yourself’’, residents shouted him down.
Hon Keter was only allowed to speak after he promised to deliver Ruto’s message also.
‘’Allow me to share President’s message first. I promise to tell you what William Ruto said too. Do you think you know him more than I do? Besides, I and he are very good friends.’’ Said Keter.
Governor Mandago on his side condemned the killing of innocent citizens by police and urged the police to conduct themselves with diligence when dealing with civilians.
I condemn with the strongest terms possible the brutal killing of 3 Kenyans by law enforcement officers in Lessos township, Nandi County. Police officers are mandated to protect lives & not misuse the arms entrusted to them by the Govt @IG_NPS & @InteriorKE should act accordingly pic.twitter.com/rCBx3JlPuo
— Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH (@GvnMandago) June 26, 2020