April 25th 2017

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Heavily-armed police, sniffer dogs to man Jubilee Party nominations

Beja added that sniffer dogs and police horses will be used to control any crowd troubles if need arises adding that anybody caught engaging in unlawful activities will be arrested and prosecuted.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comThursday, 20 Apr 2017 17:53 EAT

Anti-riot police officers with sniffer dogs dispersing demonstrators recently.

Jubilee Party supporters in Nakuru County have been warned against engaging in any acts of violence as the party holds its primaries in the county on Friday. Nakuru county deputy county commissioner Omar Beja said that security apparatus have put adequate measures in place to ensure that the exercise goes on smoothly. He said that they have deployed enough police officers throughout all the polling stations.

Addressing the media in Nakuru Town, Mr Beja said each polling station will have at least two police officers, with more patrolling the county while standby forces including anti riot police will be stationed to counter any eventuality and back up those deployed at polling stations.

Mr Beja added that sniffer dogs and police horses will be used to control any crowd troubles if need arises adding that anybody caught engaging in unlawful activities will be arrested and prosecuted. He also called on Jubilee Party supporters and aspirants to desists from spreading what he termed as rumors.

On the issue of Jubilee officials having reservations about the use of administration police officers during the nomination exercise, Mr Beja insisted that both regular and administration police officers will be used during the exercise.

A section of the party's aspirants and officials had wanted administration police officers to keep off the nomination exercise accusing them of favoring certain candidates, something Mr Beja termed untrue.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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