Police investigating hate leaflets circulating in Likuyani

Police officer manning a roadblock near Mumias town. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

Police in Kakamega County are investigating the source of hate leaflets warning some communities to leave Likuyani constituency.

Addressing the press on August 7, 2022, in Kakamega town, County Commissioner John Ondego said the leaflets bear threatening messages to residents, asking targeted communities to be “wary”.

“I want to say here categorically that we have taken care of the situation in Likuyani sub-county. People should not live in fear because Kenyans are free to stay in any part of this country,” said Ondego.

Ondego said security agents have taken all the necessary measures to ensure voting is not disrupted and are prepared to deal with situations likely to compromise peace across the county.

“Our work is to protect lives and property, nobody should live in fear in this county,” said Ondego.

Elsewhere, preparations for the general election are complete in Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia counties.

In Kakamega, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Returning Officer Joseph Ayatta said they will start distributing elections materials to various polling stations on August 8 in the afternoon.

“We have received ballot papers and KIEMS kits to facilitate smooth take-off tomorrow [August 8] morning," said Ayatta.

Ayatta said IEBC staff, including the polling clerks, have been taken through requisite training.

“We have been doing the preparation together with the security team and political parties agents, it will not be easy for the exercise to be tampered with,” said Ayatta.