Police boss assures residents of safety during elections

Monday July 17 2017

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo addresses residents of Nakuru County on July 3, 2017. He has said measures to ensure safety during elections have been put in place. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Security authorities in Rift Valley have moved to dispel fears that voting might be disrupted following numerous cases of banditry.

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo has assured that on August 8 voting will be conducted smoothly despite the security challenges.

"The government has deployed enough security officers and armoured vehicles to insecurity hit areas to deter any criminal activity.

"Voting will not be disrupted. We will not allow voters to be disenfranchised as it is a democratic right to vote," Mr Musiambo said.


He spoke amid concerns that hundreds of residents in North Rift counties such as Baringo had fled their homes because of banditry.

Many people have fallen victim to bandits who have wrecked havoc in the region for months.


Hence, the government had to deploy the Kenya Defence Forces to help restore order.

Speaking to Nation on Monday, Mr Musiambo said security agencies are on high alert to ensure safety is in order.


Safety measures in violence rife areas in Laikipia, Baringo, Samburu, Turkana, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties have been increased.

"The government will now deal ruthlessly with bandits and any other criminals in the troubled areas.


"Any bandit who confronts security officers will meet the wrath of the officers.

"Security officers have launched a major operation in volatile parts," he added.


He said more officers have been dispatched to contain the problem.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) also expressed confidence that elections will not be disrupted.


Mr Andrew Limo, head of communications, told Nation that the agency has been holding joint peace meetings with security personnel in the affected areas.

"IEBC is working closely with security agencies to map out areas that may require extra security.

"We are confident that the exercise will be smooth despite the challenges," Mr Limo said.