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Gov’t beefs up security in Naivasha ahead of August poll

The government has put in place adequate security measures in the violence prone areas of Naivasha to ensure peace reigns during this year’s electioneering season.

Area Deputy County Commissioner Mutua Kisilu said a multi-sectoral coordination committee has been formed to monitor election preparedness, facilitate public education, and identify election and security threats and risks as well as propose necessary mitigation measures ahead of the upcoming general elections.

Kisilu said the government is working closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure sustained information sharing on trends that may interfere with peaceful coexistence of communities as well as enhance conflict early warnings and swift responses.

Kisilu said a peace caravan has been established tasked with going around the sub county to sensitize the public on the importance of maintaining peace before, during and after the general polls.

The DCC said the government has enhanced security measures in areas that had been earlier mapped out for political related violence mainly in informal settlements of Kihoto, Kabati and Karagita estates adding that they currently pose no security threat ahead of August elections.

He added that relevant government agencies are closely monitoring the use of social media platforms which have been negatively been used to spread hate and inciteful remarks warning that actions will be taken against those who violate the set regulations.

Consequently, Kisilu called for political tolerance among various political aspirants and parties adding that leaders should respect other people’s divergent opinions and ideas.

The multi-sectoral committee draws participation from the security agencies, Electoral body, Non-Government Organizations, religious groups, flower farms representatives and other local organizations will also prepare regular reports on the progress of election preparedness initiatives being undertaken.

Calvin Muga from the Midrift Human Rights Network hailed the government initiative in engaging relevant stakeholders to ensure the peaceful electioneering period.

He added the initiated programmes will help bridge the relationship gap between the public and security agencies to ensure any threat to peace is reported on time.

He lauded the efforts made to ensure the voice of youth in peace initiatives are listened to adding that they are the most targeted group in causing chaos during political season.

By Erastus Gichohi and Esther Mwangi

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