KISERO: There’s more to railway contract row than Keter

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter. Not surprisingly, there is expectation of reward through government contracts, in what would be a reincarnation of payback for political loyalty of the one party era. PHOTO/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Those rallies were principally called to address grievances by the Kalenjin elite about what they see as disparities in the sharing of spoils between the two ethnic groups that form the power base of the Jubilee government.
  • Granted, the issue had been raised by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter. The leaders were bound to respond to the remarks by a man keen to play the new gadfly of Nandi politics.
  • Reality dawned in September it found that the new wielders of political power at the ministry of Water Development had written to Solicitor General Njee Muturi inviting him to comment on yet another commercial agreement with another Chinese company — China Water Construction Consortium.

To the ordinary observer, the fact that the raging controversy about the Standard Gauge Railway project emerged as one of the talking points during the rallies attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week came as a big surprise.


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