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Interior CS defends police against claims of bias

Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki has defended security agencies against accusations by the Opposition that the police have taken political sides.

Kindiki says contrary to the claims, security agencies have remained apolitical, only concentrating on their key mandate of protecting the lives and property of Kenyans.

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“As security agencies, our officers are instructed to stay away from politics and concentrate on their key mandate; protecting the lives and property of the people of Kenya,” the  CS charged

Speaking at a church service tye Interior CS called on politicians to avoid violence and instead embark on dialogue.He warned that no one will be allowed to terrorize or blackmail Kenyans.

“We must not allow the political class, in the guise of expressing divergent opinion, to destroy private and public property, injure civilians and security officers, or cause mayhem in our country,” he said

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has criticized the inspector general of police over the handling of protests in the country.

The CS says violence should never be an option even if the ongoing mediation efforts prove difficult.

“The political class has embarked on dialogue. As they deliberate on various issues, we must remind them that violence should never be part of the equation. In the event they disagree, no one will be allowed to terrorise or blackmail the people of Kenya,” said Prof Kindiki

The bipartisan talks between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio la Umoja coalitions will start officially on Monday, August 14.

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