Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has warned politicians against causing violence as the country prepares for the next year’s general elections.
Matiang’i said politicians are the ones who cause violence citing the just concluded, Kabuchai Constituency, Matungu Constituency, London Ward and Kiamokama Ward by-elections that were marred by violence.
“We should not do things that may create fear in the country at this time. We have leaders who do not deserve to be leaders, by what they do. The recent forms of violence did not bring out a good picture of a country,” said Matiang’i.
He told off the leaders whom he said are on the frontline in causing unrests and afterwards blame the police for coming in to deal with them, saying police are only doing their job as required by law.
“It is quite unfair for leaders to blame police after they come in and arrest them for causing trouble during political rallies and other meetings. These police officers are not madmen who can just come to arrest you for no good reason. They are doing what the law requires them to do, but if you trigger them to come for you, they will surely come without hesitation,” the interior boss stated.
Matiangi spoke on Sunday at Nyaikuro Primary school grounds where he led other leaders in a funds drive towards the construction and maintenance of the new West Field SDA conference.
Leaders who were with Matiang’i included Agriculture CS Peter Munya, Health PS Susan Mochache, Nyamira Governor Amos Nyaribo, Kitutu Masaba MP Shadrack Mose, senator Okong’o Omogeni, Woman representative Jerusha Momanyi, her Homa Bay counterpart Gladys Wanga and EALA MP Mpuru Aburi.
The leaders said it is time that the country behaves in a manner that cannot create political tension but promote peace and unity as the country prepares for elections.
“Let us remain united, focus on peace and stability and avoid unnecessary tensions when it comes to elections. This will only be achieved if our political leaders play politics of brotherhood and unity in our country,” EALA MP Mpuru Aburi said.
By Alvin Ratemo