Police To Maintain Peace So Kenyans Can Vote, Matiang'i says
Police are prepared for the August 8 General Election and ready to perform their duties according to the law so that every registered voter can cast their ballot, a CS has said.
Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet yesterday assured Kenyans in volatile areas that a sufficient number of security officers will be deployed to ensure that criminal gangs do not intimidate them or endanger their lives on Election Day.</form>
Interior Secretary Amos Gatecha, acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and Rift Valley regional commissioner Wanyama Musiambo after attending a two-hour security meeting in Nakuru yesterday
"We have made special arrangements by mapping out areas where criminal gangs may intimidate people not to vote. We are totally ready to facilitate IEBC to perform its work. We are also ready to do our part lawfully. We are committed to an incident-free election," Matiang'i said.
The security chiefs singled out volatile areas as Lamu, Tana River, North Eastern counties bordering Somalia prone to al Shabaab attacks and some North Rift counties, including Baringo and Laikipia, faced with banditry attacks.
The chiefs were addressing the National Council of Churches of Kenya in a meeting convened by secretary general Peter Karanja and Anglican Church Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit.
Matiang'i said police have four choppers at their disposal to respond quickly to any incident of lawlessnesses before, during and after the election.
"We are alert that the law is followed. No security officer is on leave and those who had gone, their leave was cancelled. We are working 24/7 to ensure citizens are safe and [the] election are peaceful," Matiang'i said.
Speaking earlier in Nakuru, the CS said the state will not lift the three-month dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed in Lamu county until security is restored. The opposition has urged the state to lift the curfew.
Matiang'i spoke after holding a top security meeting for Rift Valley region.
“As a responsible public officer I will not lift the curfew in Lamu. It is based on reasons and analysis given to us by the security experts and we have to defend our people. Some of these things are not for jokes,” the CS said.
“I'm prepared to stand in a court of law and defend the curfew because its imposition was informed by proper advice by security officers and administrators on the ground.”
Matiang'i also said the ongoing security operations in Baringo and Laikipia counties will not be suspended during the election.
“The operations will be intensified and will be made more robust until sanity is restored in the two counties. We want to clear up with this nonsense [bandit attacks], which has affected the tourism sector and entire business fraternity,” he said.
The CS said displaced residents in the two counties will participate in the election and his ministry is working with the IEBC to ensure they exercise their constitutional
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