Police deployed to violence hotspots in North Rift ahead of polls

Tuesday May 23 2017

Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan. He

Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan. He says more police officers have been deployed to areas mapped as violence hotspots in the North Rift. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Security teams in the North Rift region have mapped violence hotspots and deployed additional officers ahead of the August 8 elections.

Administrators in the region are now reaching out to the council of elders and aspirants vying for various elective seats to ensure peace is maintained during the campaign period.

“We are monitoring leaders who engage in hate speech and incitement to violence with a view to taking action against them,” said Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan.

He named Turbo, Kesses and Burnt Forest as some of the hotspots where security has been beefed up.

Other areas named by the security team are West Pokot and Baringo counties

Mr Hassan disclosed that patrols have been intensified in these areas.

He said the Uasin Gishu County security team will hold talks with political aspirants in constituencies and urge them to tell their supporters no to engage in violent acts.

“Any act of incitement to violence is against the law and we will not hesitate to take action,” he said.