No roaming at poll stations, Matiang’i says

Robert Ochoro and George Kebaso @PeopleDailyKe

Acting Interior Cabinet secretary, Fred Matiang’i yesterday defended himself against attacks by the opposition even as the National Super Alliance (Nasa) repeated its allegations over his role in the electoral process.

While assuring Kenyans that security measures have been taken to ensure the forthcoming General Election would be free, fair, secure and peaceful, Matiang’i warned Nasa leaders against sending unauthorised agents to polling stations, saying that will not be allowed because it is likely to cause chaos if all political parties follow suit.

Speaking at Cathedral Church, Kisii county, during a funds drive for the church, Matiang’i reiterated that only agents of political parties accredited by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will be allowed inside the polling stations.

He faulted Nasa leaders’ plan to ‘flock several agents’ at the polling stations to ostensibly guard votes, stressing it is only IEBC-accredited agents and security officers who are mandated to do so as he urged leaders to observe the law.

“I guarantee you this will be the most peaceful elections to be held in the country since Independence. I urge voters to vote and go home to wait for the outcome,” he told worshippers during the event presided over by Kakamega Catholic bishop, Joseph Obanyi. “Voters have the power to decide on the country’s leadership.

There is no need to fight. The forthcoming election is not the end of the world. We have to be peaceful and forge ahead after the polls,” said Matiang’i. In Nairobi, Nasa leaders renewed attacks on the CS saying his role should be restricted to ensuring the country and its people are secure.

The leaders who included the presidential candidate Raila Odinga, running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula repeated their allegations that the military would be deployed to their strongholds to enforce security.

In a statement read by Wetang’ula, the opposition leaders stated, “The government has been openly indicating that the so-called election “hot spots” are primarily in Nasa strongholds.”

They claimed the details have been communicated to the Chief of General Staff of KDF, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the Attorney General and the IEBC. “We want to assure Kenyans that we are not making these distressing revelations lightly. We must do everything in our power to stop it peacefully,” they alleged.

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