The government has assured of adequate security measures to ensure a peaceful general election.
Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Fred Matiang’i who spoke to journalists after a meeting with regional security teams Wednesday, said he was satisfied with security preparations across the 47 counties.
With just 26 days to the August 9 poll, the CS said they were working closely with the electoral commission IEBC to secure the electoral process that is on the homestretch.
…with the aim of interfering with elections.
Kenyans 🇰🇪 expect a peaceful election, and we in the security sector will pull all the stops to ensure we deliver on this mandate. pic.twitter.com/aY2tWjhNdy
— Dr. Fred Matiang'i (@FredMatiangi) July 13, 2022
Part of the elaborate security plan includes safeguarding the 46,232 polling stations and the movement of election materials.
“As a government, we are working tirelessly towards facilitating the IEBC in administering the most peaceful election in the history of our country. All polling stations hall been assessed by IEBC and security teams. We have a cordial relationship. We are now moving to the last stage of movement of election materials and we have sufficient resources to do this including vehicles and aerial transport” he noted.
The CS who held the second last meeting with the security chiefs ahead of the poll declared the country is safe warning that the security apparatus is on high alert to thwart possible poll chaos.
He further revealed a collaborative approach to tackle violence citing the involvement of Nyumba Kumi initiative and Community Policing to deal with criminal gangs.
“All the 8 regional commissioners have reported the country is safe. We’ve resolved the few security challenges in Nakuru, Central Kenya Nyanza. We are alert. We are warning politicians against using gangs and criminals to achieve political goals and will be merciless if we detect any activity aimed at reviving gang activities” he said.
Surveillance has also been enhanced in areas mapped out as possible hotspots for violence.
“Even though we have witnessed some pockets of political intolerance, negative ethnicity, and some flareups of hate speech, I am confident that the security machinery that has been put in place will surmount these challenges. I must thank all our security agencies for their sustained efforts in monitoring, identifying, reporting and responding to such threats and risks” he said at a different function.
The CS made it clear only IEBC and police will man the polling stations.
“If you are not an IEBC official or security officer you will not be allowed in the area. The law must be followed and it’s only IEBC that will guide who will be in polling stations” said Matiang’i.