The Star (Nairobi)

13 April 2012

Kenya: IEBC Officials Worried Over Attacks

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The IEBC at the Coast has expressed fear at the rising cases of attacks at its officials.

This follows the Malindi St Andrews Primary School attack during the mock elections that left two security officers with injuries. The commissions regional coordinator Stacy Mutua said they could not take security issues for granted adding that they were cautious to ensure officials were safe during the on-going civic education.

Speaking to the Star on the phone, Mutua said most of the staff were scared of their safety. She said civic education will continue despite the threats. "We will perform our duties effectively. The attacks cannot prevent us from implementing our work but it's up to the police to follow up the matter and conduct investigations to clear tension," she said.

Mutua said they cannot confirm that those involved in the attacks were suspected Mombasa republican Council members as it was not their duty. She said they were cautious to ensure all officials were safe during their sensitization campaign. She condemned the rowdy criminal behaviors of attacks in public places saying it was not the right way to air grievances through violence. "There is a lot of hooliganism in the attacks but we don't take security for granted all the time of our duties there are security personnel involved to ensure safety is guaranteed," she said. The regional coordinator said she toured the area yesterday and found it was calm in the entire constituency. So far two people are in court facing charges of Robbery with violence in relation to the Malindi Polling station attacks.

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