, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14 – Police have denied reports of widespread attacks and killings in Nairobi’s Mathare slum Sunday night.
According to Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, police have launched an investigation on the source of the reports that caused panic in Nairobi, following claims of mass killings in the slum.
He termed as fake reports circulating on social media that members of a particular community were killing others, and assured that there’s adequate security there.
The “fake news” of violence started making the rounds after NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga visited the area, in his first public appearance since the release of the presidential results that gave President Uhuru Kenyatta victory.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission Chairperson (NCIC) Francis Ole Kaparo has also urged Kenyans to maintain peace and restrain from inciting others or engaging in acts of violence.
He lauded efforts by the media in accurate reporting despite there being inaccurate information being peddled in the social media.
He warned social media users against creating tension by posting archived images of past occurrences of violence saying the law will ultimately catch up with the culprits.
Kaparo’s briefing came even as normalcy returned in troubled parts of Kisumu and Nairobi as security officers successfully managed to thwart attempts of lawlessness.
In Kisumu, Governor-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o appealed for calm in the lakeside city following pockets of violence reported on Friday after the declaration of presidential election results.
Nyong’o pleaded with traders to reopen businesses in order to mitigate an economic crisis in the region.