Government puts measures for free elections
The government has mooted a national security plan with a view of mitigating anticipated cases of violence across the country, with only 21 days left before the August 8 general Elections.
Acting Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i on Monday at a Nairobi Hotel confirmed that the security plan has been adopted by all the 47 counties to curb intolerance and incitement cases at the county level.
The CS further confirmed that the government is putting in place measures to ensure that cases of violation of human rights through the various social media platforms has been addressed.
“Kenyans should cease from propagating false information pertaining to the coming elections in a manner likely to interfere with national security. We are working closely with the various police departments and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to ensure that anyone who violates human rights through social media is held accountable,” said Matiang’i.
He assured the public that his Ministry is prepared to support the Electoral Commission in its course to offer free and fair elections, adding that the government is also keen on facilitating a peaceful environment during the election period.
The NCIC Chairman, Francis Ole Kaparo called on political leaders to embrace a culture of tolerance and give the IEBC time to prepare and conduct the general elections.
Kaparo condemned the recent incidents where the Deputy President, William Ruto and the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate, Raila Odinga were heckled by the public during their political campaigns.
“Every Kenyan whether politician or a normal citizen has a right to be heard in whichever part of the country. Any act that may otherwise sabotage this right is a recipe for chaos,” stated Kaparo.
He also confirmed that the NCIC has identified 21 County WhatsApp groups that are being used to propagate hate speech and messages that are likely to cause violence, adding that the administrators of such groups will be held accountable if found guilty.
The Chief Justice, David Maraga assured the public that the Judiciary is prepared to handle election disputes in a clear and transparent manner after the general elections.
The ‘Mkenya Daima’ Chairperson, Vimal Shah called upon all political candidates to forge a common front and commit to non-violent campaigns and urge their supporters to do the same.
By Jeffrey Keya/Gworo Alice