The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Police Issue Warning On Violent Poll Demos

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo yesterday said violent demonstrations arising from Monday general election will be met with an equal force.

Speaking to the press yesterday after a meeting of Constitutional Commission and Independent Offices on the poll preparedness, Kimaiyo said 99,000 police officers have been deployed in the country to keep peace.

He said the police force will not entertain a repeat of the violence that was witness during the 2007/08 post-election violence. Kimaiyo said more than 100 people have already been charged in court with election related offences since the primaries were held on January 17.

"Kenyans should know that we are not taking these offences lightly and those found guilty have been forced to part with a bond of between Sh100,000 and Sh200,000 to curb such lawlessness," he said.

Kimaiyo said security will be tight all over the country and that officers drawn from the GSU, AP, regular police, and prisons have already been enlisted to maintain the country's security.

He said the police service has drafted a "master plan" on how they will address security during and after the election and have handed over the document to the National Security Advisory Council for further deliberation.

Kimaiyo said groupings will not be tolerated 400 metres from polling stations. He told Kenyans to go home immediately after casting their vote.

"All parties have agents to take care of their interests inside the polling stations. We will not entertain supporters milling around after casting their votes," he said. Kimaiyo dviced Kenyans to avoid alcohol on March 3, so "they can wake up early enough on Monday to cast their votes".

Speaking after the same meeting, director of Public Prosecutions Keraiko Tobiko said a specialised unit of 35 officers mandated to prosecute cases arising from the election, will be unveiled today.

Tobiko said a standard charge sheet has been drawn up for the exercise and that civil servants who engage in politics will not be left out during the prosecution of cases.

"We are more organised this time round and are determined to forestall a reoccurence of what was witnessed during and after the 2007/08 poll," he said.

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