, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 20 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has directed the Inspector General of Police to arrest and charge any elected leader found inciting Kenyans against each other.
Nkaissery says many of them are pitting Kenyans against each other in a bid to win elections due next year.
He says this will not be tolerated and stated that authorities will enforce the law and urged all Kenyans to be law abiding citizens.
“The temperatures of 2017 have started to rise, so it is high-time that we now deal with people by law, who are going to break the law because we don’t want the country to go back to 2007-2008. We will deal with individuals and so long as, I am the Minister for Security, I want to be very clear on this; we will never allow a citizen to lose his life because someone wants to be re-elected,” he said.
The CS has now summoned Governors Ahmed Abdullahi (Wajir) and Nathif Jama (Garissa) alongside MPs Ibrahim Saney (Wajir North) and Adan Keynan (Eldas) over the recent inter-communal clashes in their areas.
“We have a problem between the Ajuran community and the Degodia and we are not going to accept that, and I want the two honourable members and the governors to come to my office so that we can resolve this thing. We will not accept to lose of lives, just because someone wants to be re-elected.”
Last week, MP Saney asked the national government to intervene and stop “senseless killings” in Wajir County.
He said the inter-clan clashes along the borders of Eldas and Wajir North constituencies have left scores dead and several others injured in the last couple of days.
Saney threatened to lead Wajir North locals in seeking refuge in Ethiopia should the government fail to stop the clashes.
“When new boundaries were created, Eldas (Constituency) was curved from Wajir West Constituency and now stands as a constituency. But it seems some leaders there are not satisfied with the demarcation done,” he said, adding that they are now “hell-bent on extending their territory thus affecting Wajir North Constituency”.
He accused the political leaders from Eldas for allegedly violating an agreement reached in effort to bring harmony between the two communities.
“Senior politicians who have mastered the art of manipulation and misinterpretation of facts have continued to use government institutions for their own selfish interests,” he charged.
Nkaissery on Wednesday appealed to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to start correcting anomalies in North Eastern region boundaries saying they are a source of conflict between communities.
Speaking during a meeting with North Eastern leaders to discuss security in the region, Nkaissery said the resolutions passed to curb insecurity will be gazetted and any politicians who infringe on other communities for political gain will be dealt with accordingly.
“Just because the 2010 Constitution has given us devolution it does not mean that you start coming up with big ideas, Kenya is a unitary state. The passage of the Constitution did not change the Act of 1992; what was Wajir District is now Wajir County the boundaries have not changed,” he stated.
Wajir Governor Abdullahi blamed the IEBC for creating political boundaries that have contributed to conflicts in the region, use of advanced weapons and lack of formal settlement as well as lack of enough security agents in the region.