3 December 2012

Kenya: Kisauni DC Orders Crackdown Against Anti-Voting Leaflets

Leaflets warning resident not to register as voters were circulated in Mjambere in Kisauni at the weekend. The leaflets had the words Msijihusishe na kura. Msichukue Kura (Don't be involved in elections. Don't register as voters) written on them.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission South Coast regional coordinator Amina Soud said the leaflets, which were distributed on Friday evening, are a threat to the registration in the area.

"This will affect the process because nowadays Kenyans are very sensitive to anything that poses security to them. We have reported the matter to the police," said Soud.

She asked wanachi to ignore the leaflets and vowed to continue with the registration. Kisauni DC Tom Anjere said he has instructed the police to investigate.

"I have instructed the Kisauni CID boss to investigate the source and bring to book those involved. We will not allow a few idle minds to cause panic. We are up to task until everything is over," Anjere told the Star.

Residents said they suspect the Mombasa Republican Council is behind the leaflets. Anjere however said they are yet to established the source.

Genesis for Human Rights director, who is also a Kisauni parliamentary aspirant, Caleb Ng'wena condemned the leaflets.

"These are hooligans who want to cause panic and fear amongst the residents. People should not be cowed, they should register as voters," said Ng'wena.

Earlier, reports from Ng'ombeni in South Coast indicated that unknown youths are keeping records of those involved in the ongoing registration. South Coast is believed to be to be the epicenter of MRC's activities .

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