Allies of Vice President William Ruto have criticized Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s decision to deploy more security guards to his suspected strongholds.
This is after the SC announced that security would be tightened in Nakuru, Eldoret, Kuresoi and Molo regions ahead of the August 9 elections.
UDA Nakuru County gubernatorial candidate Susan Kihika lashed out at the Home Affairs boss, saying his directive would only cause panic in the region.
Vice President William Ruto and Senator Susan Kihika in Nakuru County on February 11, 2022.
Courtesy of Susan Kihika
“Ridiculous! The purpose of Matiangi is to create tension in Nakuru which is peaceful. There is no justification for the deployment of General Service Unit (GSU) officers to Molo & Kuresoi,” Kihika said.
The outspoken senator further accused Matiang’i of being used by the government to intimidate residents of areas where the UDA enjoys a massive following with the aim of preventing them from exercising their civil right to vote. August 9.
She felt that the deployment of officers solely because of the incendiary leaflets circulating in the area – which the Kenya Kwanza Brigade sensationally linked to Matiang’i and PS Karanja Kibicho – was unnecessary.
“His intent is to suppress voting in our strongholds. The same individuals behind the incitement leaflets are using them as an excuse to deploy the GSU! Shameless!” Kihika fumed.
In an earlier statement, Matiang’i explained that the decision that was approved by the National Security Council was made based on an assessment that found the regions vulnerable to violence.
“The GSU officers are not there for any particular aggression but to demonstrate that we are ready to meet any challenge that may arise. We will also increase surveillance and patrols in the areas,” the CS reiterated.
Additionally, a multi-agency command center has been established in Nakuru to provide 24/7 monitoring and rapid response when needed.
He added that eight suspects had been arrested in connection with the circulating leaflets. Notably, the security boss dismissed claims that the leaflets were a draft of employees in the president’s office.
“The police have taken into custody eight suspects in connection with the circulation of these leaflets,
and investigations are continuing. We have teams on the ground who have been working here for a
for a long time, and we collect more intreal-time intelligence,” Matiang’i said.
Speaking in Nyeri, UDA running mate Rigathi Gachagua insisted that the CS and PS Interior were using bosses to campaign for Azimio candidate Raila Odinga.
He called on administrators to stick to their job descriptions, adding that they should use the financial incentives allegedly offered to them to improve the welfare of their wives.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i speaking to the media following a security meeting in Kisii on Tuesday August 2, 2022.
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