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Be warned, Matiang’i tells election hotheads

Acting Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has warned those planning to disrupt peace that security measures have been put in place to deal them.

Speaking after meeting Rift Valley security heads at Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambu’s office in Nakuru, the CS said no lawbreaker will be spared irrespective of their status in society.

He said the country’s security machinery is prepared to protect Kenyans and their property and also help the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to deliver an incident-free General Election.

Matiang’i, who was accompanied by top security officers led by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett, said the country is ready for the election.

“We came here to check preparedness of our teams and I am very much impressed,” he said and warned politicians and their supporters to respect the law or face prosecution. He also called on Kenyans to cast their votes peacefully and let the polls agency do its job without any form of interference.

“Our goal is to ensure we have an incident-free 2017 General Election… all plans are in place and we will carefully play our role as security arm by ensuring that Kenyans are protected and that IEBC officers are also secure,” he said.

He assured Lamu, Laikipia and Baringo residents where security operations are going on that measures have been put in place to ensure they also participate in the polls. “They will vote on August 8, that I assure you,” he said, adding that the curfew in Lamu will not be lifted despite pressure from opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his team.

The CS chaired a two-hour meeting also attended by Rift Valley Police Commander Solomon Makau and Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha. Nakuru County is considered one of the hotspots for violence because of its cosmopolitan nature and competing ethnic interests.

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