Matiang'i: Chaos in concluded by-elections planned by politicians

Dr Fred Matiang'i Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government condemned violence witnessed during by election in Matungu and Nakuru. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

Interior and National Coordination Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi has warned politicians against inciting Kenyans to political violence.

Matiangi said politicians must respect Kenyans and avoid mobilising youths to cause chaos in funerals and other public functions.

Speaking in Nyamira Sunday afternoon the CS defended police officers against claims made by a section of politicians that they had failed to take action against perpetrators of political violence in the just concluded by-elections.

"We must speak the truth about what happened. Kenyans have always remained peaceful; the challenge is on how to handle the reckless and greedy politicians. It is high time we tell them off."

"It shameful that some people can plan to divide because of elections. We will not allow them to cross the country in an attempt to divide the country and cause disharmony."

On March 4, police arrested Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei and MPs Didmas Barasa (Kimilili), Wilson Logo (Chesumei) and Nelson Koech (Belgut constituency) over allegedly being in possession of illegal firearms and causing violence in the Kabuchai by-elections.

The leaders denied the claims saying they were monitoring the progress of the by-election.

On Friday, March 5, Matiangi said all politicians involved in Political violence will have their firearm licences cancelled.

On Saturday, March 6, the firearm Licensing Board revoked licenses of Kimilili’s Didimus Barasa and that of his Mt Elgon counterpart Fred Kapondi. The two were ordered to surrender their firearms within 24 hours.

The has CS stated that the government will invoke Chapter six of the Constitution through the Attorney General and have those involved in planning such chaos be declared unfit to hold office.