The government yesterday gave a stern warning to Kenyans that security officers would ruthlessly deal with individuals planning to cause violence during and after the General Election.
The government said police may use excessive force to quell any electoral violence in order to firmly deal with perpetrators of chaos during and after next month’s polls.
Acting Interior Security Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet said police officers will use more force than that used in 2013 to deal with violence perpetrators if chaos breaks out.
Addressing a forum on election preparedness, bringing together police chefs, judiciary officials, National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and the Communication Authority, the two were categorical that no person will be spared in case they engage in any form of electoral violence.
In particular Boinnet said the police will be non-partisan, will not favour anyone and will follow the law whenever dealing with any form of violence in the country. “In case violence occurs we will have to stop it and this means that we will be forced to use more force than that used by those causing chaos,” he said.
Matiang’i said that all security agents are on high alert to ensure that they support Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission conduct free and fair poll. “We are not going to negotiate the peace that we need to conduct these elections. As I said Action will be taken to whomever who commits a crime regardless of their level in this society,” he said.