IEBC probing CS Charles Keter over involvement in Kericho by-election
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has launched investigations into the involvement of Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter in the just concluded Kericho by-election.
The commission has taken up the matter following complaints by leaders from Kanu’s Paul Sang camp over CS Keter’s involvement in political activity despite being a public servant.
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According to Public Officers Ethics Act (16), “a public officer shall not, in or in connection with the performance of his duties as such; (a) act as an agent for, or so as to further the interest of, a political party; or (b) indicate support for or opposition to any political party or candidate in an election.”
“A public officer shall not engage in political activities that may compromise or be seen to compromise the political neutrality of his office.”
Elections Act 2011, 43 (2), states that a public officer who acts as an agent for, or so as to further the interest of, a political party; or indicates support for or opposition to any political party or candidate in an election commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both.
According to IEBC’s Communications and Corporate Affairs Manager Tabitha Mutemi, a decision on Keter’s conduct will be reached after a report into the investigations has been submitted.
Several leaders including Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto have accused CS Keter of being an active participant in the Kericho by-election calling on the commission to take action against him for contravening the law.
Other than Keter, Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu was also seen in the company of Deputy President William Ruto during the Malindi by-election campaigns.
Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has also been on the spot recently for engaging in campaigns during several campaigns by DP Ruto in Western Kenya.