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Chiefs will offer security during voting, not aid rigging - Kibicho

Deputy President William Ruto and Kenya Kwanza have alleged a plan to use them for rigging.

In Summary
  • On Thursday, Kibicho met the Migori County Security Committee at Migori Teachers Training College.
  • He said that the government will always be neutral and their mandate is to serve the general public.
Permanent Secretary for Interior Dr Karacha Kibicho at Migori Teacher's Training College for a security meeting
Permanent Secretary for Interior Dr Karacha Kibicho at Migori Teacher's Training College for a security meeting
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Chiefs and assistant chiefs are not being prepared to rig the forthcoming general elections, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho has said.

Kibicho has been meeting the administrators across the country, sparking complaints by Deputy President William Ruto and Kenya Kwanza that there is plan to use them for rigging.

On Thursday, Kibicho met the Migori County Security Committee at Migori Teachers Training College.

He said that the government will always be neutral and their mandate is to serve the general public.

He said they seek, through similar meetings and directives, to provide security and support to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to ensure that it delivers free, fair and credible elections.

“The government will give electorates free space to express their views during the election day to exercise their constitutional mandate,” Kibicho said.

He pointed out that the country had a requirement of about 70,000 police officers to ensure that the general election is conducted in a secure environment.

“We will ensure that voters have security and an enabling environment to make their decision. Already police officers have been assigned to IEBC through a Gazette Notice to ensure that security during the election is up to date,” he said.

The official noted that the Security Advisory Committee at the national, regional and county levels will work in unison to ensure elections are conducted in a peaceful environment.

“I am very pleased that Migori county has adequately prepared well for the forthcoming elections to ensure that IEBC carries its constitutional mandate," he said.

Kibicho assured the public that the government will give IEBC full support to ensure elections are done according to the rules and regulations set by the electoral agency.