Detectives in Taita-Taveta County have launched a manhunt for unknown people believed to have distributed hate leaflets in parts of Voi town and its environs.
County Commissioner Ms. Kula Hache said a special team of detectives, aided by specialists in National Intelligence Service, were following crucial leads and were zeroing in on unnamed individuals over the leaflets.
Speaking to KNA on Saturday, the County Security boss condemned the act terming is as cowardly and meant to cause apprehension in the region.
She warned that the government will use all resources at its disposal to fish out the perpetrators wherever they may be hiding.
She further noted that the region has enjoyed tranquility that all leaders were committed to stating that some criminals were trying to cause tension.
These are cowardly acts perpetuated by criminals who are hiding amongst the peaceful population. We will hunt them down wherever they are, vowed the administrator.
The first batch of the hate leaflets were found dumped in Bondeni, Kariokor, Maweni and Voi CBD area on the eve of the Thursday poll.
They were cautioning the local residents against voting on the October 26 repeat presidential election.
The latest batch was dumped in Bondeni area a day after the election issuing threats to non-indigenous communities living in the region to leave.
During the repeat poll that was boycotted by National Super Alliance (NASA), a section of residents in the expansive County defied the call and turned up at the polling stations where Jubilee bagged 24, 034 votes from the four constituencies of Mwatate, Voi, Wundanyi and Taveta.
The Chairperson of County Peace Forum Rev. David Zowe said it was unfortunate that politics had degenerated into threats amongst people who have lived peacefully for years.
He said that as security organs dealt with the origin of the leaflets, his team was reaching out to all citizens to exercise restraint and coexist in peace.
He called upon all communities to live peacefully stating that the law allowed them to live anywhere.
We are sad that such a thing can happen here in our land. We are reaching out to all leaders and we will preach peace as one people, he said.
National Deputy Secretary General for SUPKEM Mr. Mohammed Washallah dismissed the leaflets as work of desperate people who cannot tolerate divergent views.
He stated that such intimidation was a violation of constitutional rights and will not be entertained.
Washallah called upon leaders to denounce such threats loudly and assure the local residents of their security.
He added that the people had lived peacefully together and called for tolerance on political divergent views.
He added that religious leaders were addressing such issues from their places of worship and assured the residents of their well-being.
This is a very unfortunate incident that we condemn and call upon all leaders to join us in denouncing such acts, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency