Adequate Security in place in Nyanza region a head of party nominations
Adequate security arrangements have been put in place in Nyanza region a head of party nominations and General Elections in August.
Nyanza regional coordinator Mr. Wilson Njega said they had mapped all security hot spots and anybody found engaging in criminal activities would not be spared.
Njega made the remarks Wednesday in his boardroom when he met the Nyanza region and County security teams from the six counties under his jurisdiction.
“We want to send a clear message to the political class to ensure peaceful party nominations, campaigns and General Election,” he said. “Firm and decisive action will be taken against anybody who will break the law” he added.
He said National Cohesion and Integration Commission monitors recruited recently would closely monitor political rallies and those found engaging in incitement and hate speech will be dealt with according to the relevant laws and regulations.
The regional coordinator said all criminal gangs remained outlawed adding that a number of them who were found engaging in extortion had been charged in court.
“Any aspirant who will be found culpable for using guns (issued to them) or hooligans to disrupt their opponents’ rallies will be arrested, charged in court or disqualified to vie,” he said.
Njega at the same time banned all night campaigns, directing that all political campaigns be held within the stipulated time frame of between 6am and 6pm.
“They must therefore notify the local Office Commanding Police Station (OCSs) in areas of their jurisdiction after securing the venue for security provision,” he added.
Njega directed the OCSs to ensure no parallel meetings were held near each other to avoid a possible clash of supporters.
The meeting was attended by Regional Police Commander Willy Lugusa, his Administration counterpart Joseph Keitany, National Security and Intelligence and Criminal Investigation (CID) bosses, county commissioner from the six counties in the region and their security teams.
By George Kaiga