, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Jul 24 – The government has put in place proper security measures ahead of the forthcoming referendum on the proposed Constitution to avert any ugly incidents that may occur, Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua has said.
He has assured Kenyans that the government was deploying adequate security personnel along the country\’s volatile areas and all over the country to deal with security matters that may be posed by the instability especially during the referendum campaigns.
He said security agents were not taking chances during and after the campaigns and called on Kenyans to observe caution for their own safety.
He said that police had been put on high alert especially in all hotspots of Rift Valley province which was the hardest hit in 2007.
“We are not taking chances in order to ensure Kenyans are protected especially during and after the referendum”, he said.
Speaking on Saturday while on a tour of Nyahururu and Subukia areas, Mr Mbugua called on security personnel to remain alert and provide 24-hour security.
The AP commandant at the same time put on notice criminals harassing members of the public saying their days were numbered and that the government will not spare them.
He called on members of the public to partner with the security agents to ensure the war against organised crimes is put under control.
“Members of the public should beware of criminals operating in their areas and we are appealing to them to partners with our officers to ensure no criminal activities take place. Otherwise no criminal will be spared,” he observed.
Mr Mbugua said that the anxiety being experienced in parts of the country remains a key security threat to Kenyans and inciters were being monitored at close range.
On this note, Mr Mbugua noted that police were not taking lightly utterances made by politicians and that was why they would arrest them.
“Political leaders should be warned that they would be arrested if found inciting communities. Police officers have been deployed to man meetings so as to prevent such utterances,” he noted.
During the tour, the Commandant officially opened the Nyahururu Muthaiga AP Post which has been set up at cost of Sh1.7 million raised through the local municipal council and the Nyahururu CDF kitty.
Mr Mbugua was accompanied by deputy Administration Police Commanandant Peter Pemba, Rift Valley AP commandant J. Karanja, Nyahururu DC Lucy Mulili and her Laikipia West counterpart Lincoln Njung’e.
Ms Mulili said that the opening up of the police post was a major factor that would see end of insecurity cases in Nyahururu town and its environs noting that most criminals have their way out through the area after commiting crimes elsewhere.