Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i tells chiefs to remain firm

Interior CS Fred Matiangi meets chiefs at Caritas Centre in Nyeri. Matiangi urged them to be politically neutral but firm while dealing with leaders [Kibata Kihu, Strandard]

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has told chiefs to discharge their duties without fear of intimidation by politicians during campaigns.

The CS, who spoke in Nyeri on Wednesday when he met 148 representatives of the over 12,000 National Government Administration (Ngao) officers, said they will not allow anyone to cause problems.

"We must all adhere to the rule of law and ensure peace and security during campaigns. The country must remain stable after the elections," said Matiang'i.

He added: "Let us all agree that we shall still have Kenya intact on August 10. We must do our jobs to ensure peace and stability in Kenya."

Matiang'i asked the chiefs to ignore threats by politicians. "I am telling you now that we must stand firm against incitement. Don't be intimidated by these politicians. They cannot take up your jobs.”

The CS, who was accompanied by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, noted the biggest threats to the peace and stability of the country ahead of elections are crowds for hire, social media abuse, and bribery.

“Social media is a big challenge because people are using it to incite and abuse each other. Politicians are making dangerous utterances through social media. Don’t fear to cancel a meeting if they fail to notify the police as required by the law,” Matiang'i said.