26 February 2013

Kenya: 90,000 Police to Man Poll Centres On Monday

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Burundi government through ambassador Ezechiel Nibigira, has urged the Kenyan government and the electoral body to ensure March 4 general election is peaceful (file photo).

The state will deploy more than 90,000 police to man polling stations across the country in readiness for the March 4 elections from tomorrow.

Internal Security minister Katoo ole Metito at the weekend said violence hotspots in Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western provinces have been prioritised.

"We are not leaving anything to chance. We are aware that some of the identified hotspots in the last post elections violence may not necessarily be threatened now, that is why we have put more intelligence officers all over the place," he said.

Metito was speaking at his Oloitokitok home in Kajiado. The minister said senior criminal investigation and National Security Intelligence Services officers are on the ground working with headmen and police informers to ensure peace.

After the press briefing, Metito hosted Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta at a political rally. He warned those peddling hate speech that they will be prosecuted. Metito cautioned politicians against maligning their opponents in their campaigns.

"Let me send out a clear warning here. No one is indispensable when it comes to insecurity. The whole world is watching us as a government, any lapse, whatever the magnitude, will be heaped on us. My officers have clear orders from my office to arrest any individual out to divide the people by peddling hate speech out there," he said.

Uhuru urged the residents of Kajiado to maintain peace during the elections. Kajiado women's representative hopeful Mary Seneta and Daniel Nina, a URP governor aspirant, were present at the rally. Uhuru later flew to Narok where he held another rally with his running mate William Ruto.

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