Cabinet to take action on insecurity
By - | February 10th 2013
By Stephen Makabila
Nairobi,KENYA: The Cabinet will deal decisively with criminal gangs and anyone inflaming tension during elections.
A Cabinet meeting chaired by President Kibaki on Thursday noted the heightened tension arising from the ongoing campaigns and urged politicians to avoid emotive and sensational utterances that might incite people into violence.
Already, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has directed politicians to stop debate on the land question in their campaigns.
However, Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa and Lands Minister James Orengo have contested the directive, arguing it is unconstitutional to prevent politicians from commenting on land issues.
Threat to peace
The Cabinet meeting also directed relevant institutions to take immediate stern action against anyone threatening peace and security.
Internal Security Minister Katoo ole Metito was directed to ensure adequate security arrangements for the period before, during and after the March 4 General Election. Human rights organisations have called on the Government to deploy adequate police personnel in conflict flashpoints to prevent a recurrence of electoral violence.
The study by the US-based Human Rights Watch identifies Central, Coast, Eastern, North Eastern, Nyanza and Rift Valley as potential conflict hotspots the Government must watch.
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