We wish to inform that the National Police Service is providing security coverage to the ongoing political party primaries, based on the timelines provided by the IEBC, and as requested by the respective political parties. All County, Unit and Formation Commanders have drawn up their Operational Orders to cover the nominations in their respective Counties.
Whereas the process has largely been peaceful to date in the majority of counties that have held their elections, we are however aware that the remaining nomination exercises in some counties are likely to be closely contested, owing to the high stakes involved within the concerned political parties.
In view of the foregoing, we wish to again inform all political parties as well as contestants, that the necessary security arrangements have been put in place to cover the remaining nominations exercises countrywide.
We have however lately noted that some aspirants, and/or their supporters, have in their campaigns engaged in rowdy behavior as well as making inflammatory utterances that could lead to a breach of the peace. This will not be tolerated and Officers are under instruction to deal firmly with anyone found breaching the law, regardless of their station in life or political affiliation.
Those making dangerous statements laced with ethnic invective and threatening other communities with supposedly dire consequences are equally warned that the Police as well as other security agencies are under instruction to promptly arrest those found breaching the law. Those publishing and distributing leaflets threatening members of other communities with eviction are also similarly warned that they risk arrest and court action.
We also wish to inform that the Highway Code in respect to behavior of all users of public roads is still in force. Aspirants as well as their supporters, especially boda boda riders, are reminded to observe the Traffic Act, failure to which they risk arrest and prosecution.
Lastly, we reiterate that the National Police Service remains focused on providing a safe and secure environment for all Kenyans to exercise their democratic right to vote, at County as well as National level. All Kenyans are therefore requested to co-operate with the Police as well as other national security agencies, in the effort to ensure the 2017 General Elections process is peaceful.
God Bless Kenya
George Kinoti (AIG)
For: INSPECTOR GENERAL
NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE
20th April, 2017