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CS Matiang’i Reassures Of Heightened Security During Party Nominations

CS Matiang’i Reassures Of Heightened Security During Party Nominations
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in a consultation meeting with Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK). PHOTO|INTERIOR
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ensuring adequate security during political party nominations ahead of the August General Elections.

Speaking on Friday during a consultative meeting with the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK), the CS said that multi-agency security teams had already mapped out potential flashpoints in regions where the nominations are expected to be hotly contested and police and other security teams had been deployed.

The exercise is expected to begin in two weeks’ time and the CS insists it must be concluded by the 24th of April according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission timelines.

“We have our plans for ensuring the nominations, like any other election-related activity, are conducted in an environment of peace. We are continuously assessing the levels of vulnerability to security challenges during this season and adjusting our strategies accordingly,’ he said.

Matiang’i spelled out that the special deployment plan would be undertaken in conjunction with the heightened surveillance centered on cracking down on hate speech and incitement during political activities.

Similarly, the CS took issue with the prolonged campaigns in the country which he said were straining the police forces and security agencies dedicated to dealing with campaign-related conflicts.

While faulting the IEBC over its reluctance in enforcing the campaign’s calendar window, the CS challenged the commission saying that protracted politicking was unhealthy to the national and families economy.

“Inclusive debate on election laws and campaign financing rules, which should have regulated spending by politicians, is also encouraging violent conflicts on sharing of bribery money among mobilized crowds,” he said.

“We have been in campaign mode for the past four years. What follows is violent confrontations arising from disagreements in sharing of campaign bribes.”

He added: “We have had to commit more resources into managing charged crowds and containing the resultant clashes, and this has strained the resources we have at our disposal.”

 IRCK Chair Father Joseph Mutie on his part called on the State’s security preparedness for the August polls especially its plan against ethnic mobilization that is undermining cohesion, security and peace.

Rev. Mutie also sought assurance of security forces to uphold neutrality during the elections and provision of adequate security to the IEBC staff.

In his response, CS Matiang’i said the Government would meet IEBC’s threshold of security needs as requested by the Commission as he also challenged religious leaders to commit more efforts to peace and reconciliation.In reference to the curfew imposed in parts of Garissa County, he said it would be reviewed ahead of the Ramadhan period subject to the restoration of calm.

Dr. Matiang’i also reiterated efforts by the state in prioritizing inter-community peace-building initiatives to complement ongoing security operations in Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and other insecurity-prone areas.

Matiang’i consequently dismissed claims of government involvement in extrajudicial killings terming them as unfounded and untrue.

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