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Naivasha mapped as a Hotspot for Electoral Violence

Security agents in collaboration with National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) have mapped out sections of Naivasha where electoral-related violence may occur during the 2022 General Elections.

Area Deputy Sub County Commander Jared Okari said the mapped areas mostly in informal settlements include Karagita, Kamere, Kihoto estate, Kabati, and Naivasha township area.

Okari said the areas have a high number of youths whom he noted are usually mobilized by politicians during electioneering period to cause chaos.

Okari however guaranteed that security has been beefed up in the hotspot areas adding that manned police posts and a patrol base have been erected to monitor any negative activities.

The deputy commander said that the police are also working closely with the Naivasha prison department to ensure that enough security is marshaled for the upcoming elections.

“We guarantee enough security in all the 259 polling stations to ensure peaceful 2022 elections,” said Okari.

Speaking during a sensitization forum for youths to counter electoral violence in Naivasha, NCIC Deputy Director for Programmes and Technical Services, Millicent Okatch urged the youth to uphold cohesiveness and integration among communities in the country.

Okatch cautioned the youth against being used by politicians to propagate hate and incitement mostly in social media platforms. She said that the commission is well prepared to prosecute hate mongers and inciters in accordance with the law.

“We urge young people to become peace ambassadors and engage their social media platforms to promote national ethos and unity that enhance peaceful co-existence of communities.

The Director added that the commission is conducting conflict analysis and mapping across the country to ensure communities live peacefully before and after the 2022 elections.

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