The government has strengthened security in Isiolo County to guarantee residents of a peaceful environment before, during and after the August 9 general elections.
Isiolo County Commissioner Mr. Geoffrey Omoding said it is the responsibility of the government to provide security to its citizens at all-times, but it is more paramount to be extra vigilant as we approach the general election so that Kenyans could freely and fairly choose their preferred leaders.
Mr. Omoding said all areas that are deemed to be hotspots in the area have been mapped out and security concerns addressed accordingly.
The county commissioner made the remarks during a meeting with the ‘Electoral Conflicts Mitigation and Civic Voter Education Support’ group Thursday.
He challenged the youth and women to spearhead peace in the county and avoid being misused by the self-interest-seeking politicians who may set off conflicts so as to gain politically.
He urged the youth, women and professionals to educate wananchi in rural areas on their electoral rights and how to avoid any form of violence in the electioneering period.
The county commissioner challenged chiefs, their assistants and ‘Nyumba Kumi’ committees and especially those from the identified hotspot areas to be watchful so as to easily notice any signals of disturbance of peace in time and have the authorities take swift actions.
Omoding said politicians come and go, but wananchi are permanent residents of their locations and have a duty to maintain peace and harmony, which gives them opportunities to develop the area.
The County commissioner said that pre and post-election violence command centres have been established and were working for 24 hours, while security officers have been assigned to work even during the holidays.
He said the ongoing security operation in Ngaremara and Burat Wards with the aim of wiping the area of cattle rustlers who had been attacking herdsmen and stealing livestock will continue, until all stolen animals are recovered and perpetrators arrested.
He added that the two-week operation has recovered 90 percent of stolen animals and warned herders against exaggerating the number of animals, while reporting cattle theft cases.
He said that the security committee would act on security intelligence information in good time and urged wananchi to provide leads before incidents happen so that many crimes could be avoided.