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Iteere deploys GSU in Rift Valley, Central poll chaos hotspots

BUSINESS
By | Dec 16th 2010 | 2 min read
By | December 16th 2010
BUSINESS

By CYRUS OMBATI

Several platoons of paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) have been deployed in parts of Rift Valley and Central provinces over fears of eruption of violence.

Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere said the deployment was done based on Intelligence they had received, but downplayed the possibility of violence occurring.

Mr Iteere said they had Intelligence that some criminal elements were viewing the announcement as an opportunity to break the law.

"This office wishes to warn them that any attempt to commit a breach of the peace or incite the public to violence will be dealt with swiftly and firmly," he said.

The commissioner addressed the Press in his office ahead of the announcement of the names of the suspects that the International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo wants indicted.

Normal duties

He also asked politicians to handle the issue in the best present and future interest of the safety, security, order and rule of law in the country.

The police boss said the naming of the personalities does not mean they were guilty, adding they would be accorded every opportunity to defend themselves on all allegations made.

He appealed for calm among supporters of those named to give due process an opportunity. He also urged the concerned parties not to politicise the process.

Other officers privy to the operations revealed the GSU platoons backed those from regular and Administration Police.

The areas include Naivasha Town, Kinoo in Kikuyu, Eldoret Town, Nakuru, Londiani and Kericho. Residents told The Standard there were hundreds of security personnel in these areas. Several officers who had been deployed for normal duties had been recalled and sent to the hotspots.

Some of the officers have been dissuading local leaders not to organise protests that may lead to violence similar to the post-election mayhem.

Intelligence had indicated that members of a certain community could be targeted over some political misconceptions.

The reports had further shown some leaders, especially in parts of Rift Valley Province, plan to hold street protests in case one of their leaders was named among the Moreno-Ocampo Six.

Iteere said police could allow protests as long as the rule of law was observed.

 

 

 

 

 

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