The Nakuru County Security committee has strongly denied reports that some communities were fleeing the area and called for calm as the country moves towards the August 8, 2017 general elections.
Speaking at a news interview last evening, Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha said the multi-agency security surveillance committee tasked with ensuring peace is maintained before, during and after the elections was in place.
He added that the County’s 11 sub county security committees have already embarked on a joint exercise of mapping out possible hot spots in a bid to curtail lawlessness during and after elections.
Nkanatha assured all Nakuru residents that the government was committed to ensuring all citizens are safe, and therefore cast their votes without any form of intimidation.
This reassurance allays fears among residents in a county that has been flagged as a potential election violence hot spot by the National Integration and Cohesion Commission.
The administrator said the committees have mounted peace building drives in the region’s 11 constituencies, alongside other measures put in place to curb election violence.
He called on Nakuru residents to continuously use the Citizen Participation forums on security management, their Nyumba Kumi groups as well as the County’s security management toll free number 22068 to report any schemes that were a threat to peaceful co-existence.
He added that the government sponsored peace building caravans in the 14 Counties began in earnest last May, with a view to diffusing tension in areas perceived to be inclined to violence.
His sentiments come in the wake of a warning from the Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo, cautioning residents against peddling rumors about ‘planned eviction’ of some communities in the region.
Reports of hate leaflets authored by unknown individuals against some communities in Naivasha, Nakuru and Molo have emerged in recent weeks, a move that has raised fear among residents.
Source: Kenya News Agency