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Gov’t out to curb lawlessness during electioneering period

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[Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata says adequate security is in place as the country races towards the August 9th general election.

Elungata says the security agencies are on high alert to curb lawlessness during the electioneering period so as to secure a prosperous and stable nation.

The senior regional administrator said the government is determined to ensure that the polls would be conducted in a peaceful, secure and conducive environment.

He said with the adequate security arrangement being put in place by the government there would be no reason to entertain any fear and called on Kenyans to learn to live together despite their different political affiliations.

Elungata who was flanked by Coast Regional Police Commander Titus Karuri spoke in his office at Uhuru na Kazi building following the shooting incident of a Mombasa politician.

Mvita Parliamentary aspirant Ali Mwatsau recently survived an assassination attempt in Tudor area, Mombasa.

“This is an incident that the police are determined to get to the bottom of and we caution people against speculations and making wild claims that it was a politically instigated move” he said.

He said security agencies are conducting investigations to unravel the unfortunate shooting incident.

Elungata underscored the need to uphold peace before, during and after the August elections saying the polls should not be a reason for people to resort to violence.

The Administrator said it’s critical that candidates seeking various electoral seats reaffirm to non-violence and a credible electoral process.

Elungata called for peaceful campaigns in the Coastal region ahead of the August 9 general election adding that there is need for the candidates to conduct themselves in a way that preserves peace and stability of the country.

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“The government is prepared to deal with politicians who intend to cause chaos for selfish political ends and we urge the youth to reject politicians who incite them,” said Elungata.

He said the authorities will not allow criminals to create tension and instill fear in the minds of Kenyans, further urging the youth to stand united against political incitement and violence which could harm people on the basis of their political affiliation.

Elungata who is the Coast regional security and intelligence committee noted that security agencies will ensure the elections are peaceful.

“The police and other security agencies are well prepared for the elections and we call on the citizens to collaborate with us,” he said.

Recently, the government unveiled a national, regional, county and sub county multi-sectoral co-ordination and collaboration committees on election preparedness.

The committees bring together key stakeholders in the electoral process drawn from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Regional Security and Intelligence Committee members, County Government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), religious organizations, civil societies, business community, women and youth representatives.