Kenya: Matiangi Maintains Govt Ready for Polls, Urges Politicians to Be Tolerant

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Nairobi — Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has maintained that the Government is ready and well prepared to secure the country during the upcoming August election.

The Interior CS said Wednesday that his Ministry has stepped up its engagement with other stakeholders to deliver a peaceful and secure election saying the preparations commenced a year ago.

“Even though we have witnessed some pockets of political intolerance, negative ethnicity, and some flareups of hate speech, I am confident that the security machinery that has been put in place will surmount these challenges,” Matiangi said while addressing 451 Assistant County Commissioners who graduated from a paramilitary training at APTC, Embakasi.

He lauded the security agencies for what he described as sustained efforts in monitoring, identifying, reporting, and responding to such threats and risks.

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Matiangi pointed out that the Government is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to facilitate the independent Electoral and Boundaries IEBC in administering the most peaceful election in the history of our country.

“Even as pessimists foresee the clouds of chaos and crises gathering, we will prove that our resilience is exceptional and peacefully close the lid on the highly charged political environment so that the country moves on,” he said.

Matiangi urged political leaders in the country to refrain from undermining and attacking the National Government Administration Officers for the sake of the country’s peace.