Government assures peaceful electioneering period

Makueni County Commissioner (CC), Gilbert Kitiyo, warned principals and head teachers of secondary and primary schools against giving school buses to politicians, to use in their campaigns.

While saying school compounds are out of bounds, Kitiyo directed the police to detain any vehicles belonging to schools found in the business of ferrying wananchi during the ongoing campaigns in the County.

“School compounds are out of bounds, politicians should not be allowed to use them as venues for their campaigns. I have also directed the police to retain all school vehicles found ferrying wananchi to campaign venues,” warned Kitiyo, during a peace conference held at Wote Technical on Thursday.

The peace conference was attended by all the Nine Sub-county Deputy County Commissioners, County Security Committee members, and representatives of women groups, boda boda, the clergy and some key government officers.

The Conference was organized by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), to sensitize them on the need to have peace during this campaign period. The representatives of groups will educate their members.

The Administrator asked the politicians against playing loud music near government offices, schools and hospital, saying this was affecting learning in schools and patients in health facilities.

“Lately, we have witnessed politicians moving around with vehicles mounted with large speakers and playing loud music. This noise must be controlled especially near health facilities, schools and government offices,” said the County Commissioner.

While saying they are prepared to provide security during elections, Kitiyo urged politicians to conduct peaceful campaigns and warned them against using goons to disrupt campaigns of other politicians.

He observed that those found will be dealt with accordingly, while adding that politicians need to inform the police three days before they hold meetings so that they can provide security and avoid conflicts.

At the same time, the Administrator warned the boda boda, those in football clubs, youth and women groups against being used by politicians during this electioneering period.

“Those groups that are at risk of being used by politicians are youth and women groups, boda boda and football clubs. Don’t allow yourselves to be misused by politicians to cause violence,” said Kitiyo.

He reminded politicians that their campaigns be conducted between 6am to 6pm each day, saying those who will go against the rules of engagement, will be arrested and prosecuted.

Gospel Campaigners Fellowship- Wote Pastor, Titus Uswii, challenged the churches to be neutral not to be aligned to any party, as they serve many congregates who belong to different parties.



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