Siaya residents hailed for supporting security agents
Siaya county commissioner Mrs. Josephine Onunga Tuesday hailed area residents for working closely with the security agents to contain violence during campaigns.
Onunga said that through public support, the security officers were able to intercept a group of youths who were going round open markets purchasing clubs and other crude weapons to be used to attack their opponents in the area.
She was speaking during a stakeholder meeting organised by the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission in Siaya.
The county commissioner said that incidents of hate speech and use of foul language by some candidates was causing concern and urged the locals to help the police, IEBC and the national cohesion and integrity commission to bring the culprits to book.
She called on the participants, majority of who were the national government departmental heads to report to security agencies politicians who were inciting people during campaigns.
“Let us support IEBC by sharing information with the public. As the county security team, we shall ensure that peace prevails during the campaigns, elections and even after” she said.
Onunga however called on the civil servants to be neutral and observe the public officers’ ethics act that prohibits them from engaging in politics.
Addressing the meeting, Siaya county returning officer Mrs. Ruth Kulundu said her office was committed to ensuring peaceful and fair polls on August 8.
Kulundu called for support of all departmental heads and citizens.
By Philip Onyango