Politicians asked to refrain from inciting the electorate

Politicians have been urged to restrain from uttering politically sensitive and incitive sentiments that may send the country into political instability.

Speaking at Kenyenya market in Kisii County, the Cabinet Secretary (CS), Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Okengo Matiang’I, expressed concern, citing the increased incitement of citizens by politicians on campaign trail. He noted that this would derail the security and stability the government has so far achieved in the country.

The Cabinet Secretary added that it is a collective responsibility of leaders, to restrain from unnecessarily commenting on issues that might incite the citizens against each other for political gains. He said that keeping quiet in such situations, does not necessarily mean one is politically weak, but a show of care for the stability and the future of the country.

Matiang’i reminded those accusing him and his colleagues about participating in the campaigns, that he had a right as other citizens of the country to choose a leader of his choice.

He added that some of the accusations are hypocritical and did not mean good for the country, asking the public to scrutinize such politicians if they possess leadership virtues, before electing them into leadership positions.

The CS informed the public that the work of the government is to support the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, to conduct elections in an ample environment, but not to interfere with the electioneering process. He said such sentiments should be treated as propaganda.

He added that matters under investigation should not be carelessly spoken about and instead be given ample time for inquiries to end amicably, so as to get attested and well-grounded solutions to such matters.

“Security matters are very delicate and we have to be very careful. I have taken counsel from leaders of reliable agencies and we have to be careful on matters under investigation,” Matiang’i remarked when tasked to shade some light on the speculations about the terror attacks in the country.



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