Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i with Rift Valley regional coordinator Wanyama Musiambo in Nakuru on July 25, 2017. /RITA DAMARY
Families fleeing Nakuru before polls warned of arrest for incitement
People fleeing parts of Nakuru for fear of post-election violence have been warned that they will be arrested and charged with incitement.
Rift Valley regional coordinator Wanyama Musiambo said those with intending to leave should report to the police to prevent arrest.
He dismissed as rumours claims that people are leaving Nakuru for fear of violence.
Musiambo, who flanked acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, said police are investigating those behind leaflets circulated in Eldoret on Monday.
Matiang’i, who was on a tour of the Rift Valley, said security operations in Baringo and Laikipia counties will not be suspended during elections.
He told journalists in Nakuru the operations will be intensified until sanity is restored.
The CS said that those displaced in the two counties will participate in the August 8 polls.
He noted the Interior ministry is working with the IEBC to ensure the lot exercise their constitutional right to participate in the poll.
Matiang’i also assured those affected that there are enough security officers to help the electoral agency secure polling stations.
On the curfew in Lamu, the CS said it will not be lifted despite calls by the Opposition for it to be done away with.
“I am prepared to stand in a court of law and defend the curfew. It was informed by intelligence gathered on the ground,” he said after meeting national government administration officers on Tuesday.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, who accompanied the CS, reiterated that no one will be spared when police enforce the law.
He said: “Police are under firm instructions to arrest those who will engage in acts of hooliganism before, during and after the polls.”
Source: The Star Kenya