ASSURANCE

Kibicho: You're safe, don't panic-buy or relocate ahead of polls

The PS allayed fears of election-related violence and discouraged stocking up of goods.

In Summary

• A section of Kenyans take to stocking up on essential commodities while others move their families to 'friendly' regions during elections as a cautionary measure in the event that chaos erupt.

• During the disputed 2017 elections, sporadic violence rocked parts of the country whose end came with the March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho.
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The government has advised against panic-buying of food and other basic household items ahead of the August 9 general election.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho allayed fears of election-related violence and discouraged stocking up of goods and panic relocations.

"There is absolutely no reason for panic as most of the country is green in colour in our potential hotspots map which means there is no cause for alarm," Kibicho said.

He spoke on Thursday during a radio interview.

"Based on past experiences and other factors, we have been mapping out areas vulnerable to disturbances and have deployed according to the heat maps to ensure every single Kenyan is safe during this period,” he said.

A section of Kenyans take to stocking up on essential commodities while others move their families to 'friendly' regions during elections as a cautionary measure in the event that chaos erupt.

During the disputed 2017 elections, sporadic violence rocked parts of the country whose end came with the March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

A state of panic also hit parts of the Rift Valley recently following the circulation of hate leaflets that targeted members of certain communities.

But Kibicho said the government has put in place strategies to ensure peace and freedom of movement of people and goods throughout the electioneering period.

He attributed this to what he said was "early election security preparedness that began over three years ago and reforms in the security sector in the last nine years."

The PS urged Kenyans to ignore scaremongering that is encouraging panic-buying of essential goods and criticised a section of leaders who he said were trying to gain political mileage by making incorrect claims.


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