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Wajir security bosses increase vigilance ahead of elections

"The government is very keen on that and we are monitoring individuals who write hate in social media platforms. It is better for people to educate themselves on social media platforms rather than stoking animosity in the community," he said.

By Abdirahman Rashid Farahabdirahmancajab@gmail.comSaturday, 04 Mar 2017 12:07 EAT

Wajir County Commissioner Michael Ole Tialal has assured residents that the County Security Committee will tighten security measures in the run-up to the August 8 general elections. The administrator said security officials in the border county will endeavour to ensure that the electioneering period is peaceful and Kenyans elect the leaders they deserve.

Speaking to this website in Wajir Town, Mr Tialal said: “It’s our responsibility to ensure we give security to all wananchi as the country is heading to the general election. This is all about protection of wananchi, their property and to ensure that no violence happens,” he said, urging politicians to follow the electoral law including guidelines on when the campaigns should officially start.

The administrator also encouraged politicians to obey the election choices of all community members. As leaders here engage in 'negotiated democracy' where community elders determine which leaders the residents should support, Mr Tialal urged the elders to ensure that their agreements do not elicit violence among the community, saying it's the democratic right for every Kenyan to via for any position if he meets the requirements and abides by the IEBC code of conduct.

He also cautioned social media users to avoind incendiary language, warning that anyone caught using social media platforms to incite hatred or violence in Wajir County would be dealt with. "There are people who may want to write false information which may lead to insecurity. The government is very keen on that and we are monitoring individuals who write hate in social media platforms. It is better for people to educate themselves on social media platforms rather than stoking animosity in the community," he said.

On hate speech matters, the county commissioner urged residents and political leaders to guard their language during the campaigns. He said the government had introduced gadgets to record speeches by leaders at political meetings to monitor hate speech. 

Saying that Wajir is a peaceful county, Mr Tialal urged the people to maintain the peaceful coexistence prevailing in the region at the moment and to continue their good cooperation with security agencies.

Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County





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