EELCTION PREPARATION

We’ll follow law to ensure peaceful elections - Matiang’i

"There are times when we are asked to do things that are not within the law," Matiang'i said.

In Summary

• The president in his remarks asked the graduands to expect more demand of responsibilities and accountability from Kenyans.

• CS Matiang'i said that the security service will only do their duties in accordance with the law.

Interior CS Fred Mating’i during the pass-out parade of 298 direct entry inspectorate cadet officers at National Police College Main Campus in Kiganjo, Nyeri county on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
Interior CS Fred Mating’i during the pass-out parade of 298 direct entry inspectorate cadet officers at National Police College Main Campus in Kiganjo, Nyeri county on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
Image: INTERIOR MINISTRY/ FRED MATIANG'I/TWITTER

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said that the security system is ready for the August 9, 2022, general elections.

The CS made his remarks on Thursday at the National Police College Main Campus in Kiganjo, Nyeri County during the pass-out parade of 298 direct entry inspectorate cadet officers.

The ceremony was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We are ready under your command to follow the instructions you have given us to ensure that we keep our country secure and safe and that we are ready to preside over and to support IEBC to conduct general elections this year,” Matiang’i said.

He added that the police will only do their duties in accordance with the law.

“We will do so strictly according to the law. There are times when we are asked to do things that are not within the law. We will do so strictly according to the law your Excellency as you have instructed us.”

The CS also lauded the president for his support to the security sector since he took over the office as the president of Kenya in 2013.

“I can’t thank you enough for the leadership you have given us. It takes leadership to be where we are today, and it's absolutely because of your commitment that we have come to this point, not just in this service but in many sectors of our security departments in our country,” Matiang’i said.

The president in his remarks asked the graduands to expect more demand of responsibilities and accountability from Kenyans.

"Ahead of you lies years of service to the people of Kenya. You are joining the security sector at a time when we are implementing significant reforms with a view to restoring the face of pride of our security organs. At the same time, the Kenyan society at large is also experiencing significant transformation particularly in terms of expectations of our citizens," Uhuru said.

The graduating cadet officers included 220 males and 78 females.

The group comprises specialist graduates holding varied undergraduate and postgraduate academic qualifications.