Police tighten security ahead of Malindi polls

He said the number of police will be increased to boost aerial surveillance.

Sunday March 6 2016

Coast regional commissioner Nelson Marwa (centre) flanked by regional police commander Francis Wanjohi (left) and Kilifi County commissioner Joseph Keter (right) briefs the press at Malindi deputy county commissioner's office. Mr Marwa told residents that security had been beefed up and should not fear to go and vote on March 7, 2016. PHOTO | KAZUNGU SAMUEL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Coast regional commissioner Nelson Marwa (centre) flanked by regional police commander Francis Wanjohi (left) and Kilifi County commissioner Joseph Keter (right) briefs the press at Malindi deputy county commissioner's office. Mr Marwa told residents that security had been beefed up and should not fear to go and vote on March 7, 2016. PHOTO | KAZUNGU SAMUEL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By SAMUEL KAZUNGU
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Coast regional commissioner Nelson Marwa assured Malindi residents of safety during the Monday by-elections while cautioning youths against being manipulated into causing violence.

Mr Marwa said during a press conference, which was attended by the region’s top security personnel, that elaborate security plans have been put in place to thwart any kind of violence that might erupt.

“We know there are some youths who have been ferried from as far as Kisumu and Migori to cause havoc in Malindi, but we are ahead of them and let them try it on Monday,” he warned.

Accompanied by regional police commander Francis Wanjohi, he said the number of police will be increased to boost aerial surveillance.

“For the first time, you will see a police helicopter fitted with parachutes to respond to any act of violence even deep into the forest where groups like MRC hide to terrorize Kenyans,” Marwa added.

The commissioner also called for the arrest of a youth who on Friday stoned a car belonging to a Jubilee campaign team, adding that intelligence revealed some youths were being given drugs and alcohol so that they can disrupt the exercise.

He further said that two police command centres, in Mombasa and Malindi, have been activated with police keeping a close look at polling stations in hotspot zones.

“We cannot expose these polling stations but we know they are in hotspots areas but police have been stationed and are ready to act and defend the peace of this country,” he said.

The regional commissioner said the IEBC tallying centre at Barani Secondary School will remain under tight, with a standby generator in case of a black out.

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