Residents urged to support security agents in keeping peace
Kirinyaga County security and intelligent committee has launched an all inclusive peace campaign aimed at minimizing incidents of violence during the campaigns period.
The peace initiative “Usalama unanza na wewe” seeks to sensitize the public on the need to individually maintain and observe peace and order at all times.
During the launch of the initiative at the county headquarters at Kerugoya , area County Commissioner Erastus Ekidor said he hoped the campaign will awaken the reasoning of the public to keep peace.
“We have had incidents where goons are ferried by certain politicians and businessmen to disrupt public functions in Kirinyaga County,” he said
He said the issue of people engaging boda boda operators to cause mayhem in the county is among those to be discussed during the traverse- of- the- peace caravan.
Ekidor said even politicians will be expected to observe the law and order during the nomination campaign period regardless of their status in the community.
“Do not incite youths to disrupt other aspirants’ gatherings and in preaching enmity against one another,” he said
The county commissioner said all the aspirants are expected to exercise decorum and use proper language in asking for votes and nobody should be allowed to use threats of consequences if unsupported.
“We have our people on the ground including those from the Nyumba Kumi initiative who are giving us reports of those bent to break the law in their day to day campaigns” he said.
He said members of the public have worked well with the security personnel in providing timely information that has enabled the police to take action before hired goons are able to disrupt public meetings.
The administrator said the government has deployed some officers in the area to record all public rallies and detect hate mongers.
“The officers have since started their work and after analysis of such speeches those found culpable will be prosecuted,” he said.
“We are not leaving anything to chance, this time round and I am particularly warning politicians who have no respect for the leadership in office of dire consequences once caught inciting or transporting youths to disrupt public gatherings,’’ he said.
By Irungu Mwangi