Police caution those planning to disrupt next week’s poll

The Inspector General of police Joseph Boinett has sent out a stern warning to anyone planning to disrupt the October 26th poll.

Boinett says police will act decisively to protect the rights of those willing to vote. His warning comes in the wake of the arrest of a Mombasa MCA for alleged derogatory remarks against the presidency and inciting youths to street protests on Thursday.

Ibrahim Omondi, Port Reitz ward MCA is said to have been arrested at his home in Kalabash, Changamwe Constituency Friday morning.

Omondi who allegedly made the remarks on behalf of County Assembly Members was appealing to the residents of Mombasa to refrain from enlisting in IEBC jobs and casting their ballots in the forthcoming October 26th polls.

The move prompted his fellow leaders led by Mombasa Deputy Governor, William Kingi, Mombasa Senator, Mohammed Faki, Changamwe MP, Omar Mwinyi, to boycott the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Tononoka grounds and camp at the police post demanding an audience with him.

His supporters had vowed to hang around the premises until he was released but the heavy police presence made them to leave.

In a statement the, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has further warned that the government will deal decisively with those plotting to infringe on the rights of Kenyans who will want to exercise their democratic rights.

Jubilee leaders from the region hailed his arrest as Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki assured the residents of the police resolve to maintain peace.

The opposition NASA has in recent weeks been calling on its supporters to boycott the repeat presidential election slated for next week while rooting for institutional reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).


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