Sabahi (Washington, DC)

29 January 2013

Kenyan Security Minister Warns of Potential Election Violence

The chaos that followed the recent party primaries in Kenya indicate the need for security preparedness to avert similar violence during the general elections, Kenyan Internal Security Minister Katoo ole Metito said on Monday (January 28th).

"Recent manifestations of violence demonstrate there is a high propensity of the same being played out at the county level," he said during a meeting with district commissioners in Nairobi, according to Kenya's Daily Nation. "You are expected to play a big role in ensuring Kenyans exercise their right to elect leaders of their choice in an environment of peace and tranquillity."

Internal Security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo and Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia encouraged the district commissioners to undertake peace initiatives in their areas and avoid partisanship during elections.

"You should not act in a partisan manner, or prejudice a political interest or political course that is legitimate under the constitution," Kimemia said.

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