Give reasons why Kilifi County should be classified a hot spot

Kilifi governor Mr Amason Kingi has challenged the national government to disclose the parameters used to classify Kilifi County as a violence hot spot.

Addressing Bishops and pastors at the Jamii Villas in Kilifi North Sub County Wednesday, the governor said the national government ought to have involved the clergy before rushing to conclude that the area was volatile.

We are the ones who stay here and we know ourselves very well. Kilifi is a peaceful place but the national government wants to create a scenario where residents especially from upcountry will vacate before the elections next month, he said.

He said the transfer of police officers and the many reshuffles being done by the national government to their seniors just days to the polls were an indication that Jubilee had panicked and was using state agencies to scare away voters and facilitate rigging.

An officer who has been here for a long period of time understands the criminal activities and operations in this place; bringing new people just days to the elections is only meant to create anxiety, he cautioned.

Kingi challenged the national government and security agents to instead engage religious leaders who will in turn spread the peace message to the public.

Meanwhile, Malindi Tourist Market operators have also dismissed reports that Malindi Sub County was a hotspot for violence during this electioneering period.

Speaking to Kenya News Agency wednesday, the market Chairman Mr. Thomas Mosumari said the report was misleading and driving tourists away.

Malindi has always been a peaceful town and even during the 2007/2008 post election violence, Malindi was not affected and people lived in harmony, said Mosumari.

Source: Kenya News Agency