The Star (Nairobi)

3 July 2014

Kenya: Reassure All Kenyans About Their Security

editorial

THERE is mood of panic creeping into Kenya over Monday, July 7.

In Naivasha Luo workers have started leaving town. They are frightened that there will be a repetition of the attacks in Nakuru and Naivasha in January 2008.

Popular support for the Saba Saba rally is minimal. Most Kenyans would prefer that Raila Odinga cancels it.

But the government is making matters worse by its panicky and feeble response to Cord's chest thumping.

Rather than making wild allegations about how Cord has joined al Shabaab, the government should concentrate on ensuring security in areas at risk.

Leaflets have been circulated in Naivasha and Nakuru in recent weeks warning Luos that they should go back to their home areas. Why has the police not pursued and arrested the authors of these leaflets?

On Tuesday night Deputy President William Ruto wisely advised Inspector General David Kimaiyo to ensure security for the Saba Saba rally.

Now we hear that Jubilee is trying to block book every venue in Nairobi so that Cord cannot hold its rally. That is also a mistake. It will just force the demo onto the streets.

Government should let the rally go ahead but reassure all Kenyans that it guarantees their security.

Quote of the day: "There is no power above people power. "- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the military on July 3, 2013.

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