The Time Mwai Kibaki Rescued Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter

  • Controversial Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter was once saved by former President Mwai Kibaki after being expelled from Egerton University in 2001.

    Keter, who was a student leader at Egerton, was expelled at least three times from the institution for leading various strikes against the administration since his first year.

    When, as Chairman of the students union, he was expelled for leading a strike that caused the university to close down for some time, Keter formed the NARC Youth Conference and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kibaki who ran for President in 2002.

    According to Keter, they agreed that expelled student leaders would be reinstated if NARC took power, a promise that Kibaki kept.

    "We had a Memorandum of Understanding with Kibaki as young people that he would reinstate all of us to the university because we were under expulsion. He did so when he took over power," Keter explained in a 2014 interview.

    [caption caption="Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter"][/caption]

    The lawmaker, who has recently dominated headlines after being arrested for allegedly presenting forged Treasury bills worth Sh633 Million to the Central Bank of  Kenya (CBK), is no stranger to taking on the powers that be.

    He was suspended several times from Kapsabet High School for leading various strikes and even sat his final exam from outside the school compound.

    Keter explained: "I led three strikes while I was in high school. In Form One, I mobilized all students to engage in the first strike. I was suspended for a week."

    "While in Form Three, my friends and I sneaked out of school to go have fun and we were subsequently suspended. I was later re-admitted. In Form Four, I was expelled after harassing a cook who failed to give us food. I had to do my KCSE outside the school compound," he continued.

    Since becoming Nandi Hills MP in 2013, Keter has attacked the Jubilee Party leadership a number of times, refusing to tow the party line.

    Recently, he was ousted as Chairman of the Labour and Social Welfare Committee following his refusal to relinquish the position even after President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto both asked him to do so.

    [caption caption="MP Alfred Keter"][/caption]