NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will intensify surveillance in all the 47
counties to identify and degrade criminal elements planning to cause
mayhem during the Aug. 8 general elections, senior officials said on
Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua said the
government has put solid measures in place to prevent civil
disruptions ahead of hotly contested elections for a new president,
lawmakers and ward representatives.
"Our overriding objective as a government is to prevent and act
on any security threats to civilians during this election cycle.
"We will use all tools available to ensure the security of the
citizens and their property is guaranteed as we head to the August
polls," said Kinyua.
He spoke in Nairobi during a forum for senior government
officials to evaluate the success of community policing initiative
and how it can be applied in this year’s election cycle.
The East Africa nation is already in a campaign mode ahead of
August polls that are expected to be a turning point in the
country’s politics, economy and civil order.
Major political parties are expected to hold their primaries
later this month to select candidates who will vie for elective
Kinyua said that state agencies are on high alert this campaign
season to curb hate speech and divisive rhetoric that may plunge the
country into chaos.
"As we approach the general elections, our security apparatus
have enhanced vigilance to ensure peace prevails in the country.
"There are robust measures in place to ensure the election and
post election phase does not threaten Kenya’s stability," Kinyua
He added the government had learnt sobering lessons from the
2007/ 2008 post election violence and would not let similar episode
occur this year.
An estimated 1,300 Kenyans died while an additional 600,000 were
internally displaced during an orgy of violence occasioned by
disputed presidential poll results.
Kinyua said the state has mobilized strategic players to be part
of home grown initiatives to promote national cohesion ahead of
"We have adopted a holistic approach involving the state, private
sector, civil society and religious institutions to promote peace
and inter-ethnic harmony that are key to deter election related
violence," said Kinyua.
Kenya is prepared to handle free and fair polls in August as
stipulated in the country’s constitutions.
The Principal Administrative Secretary in the office of the
president, Stephen Kirogo said that robust policing and civic
education has been prioritized to ensure the August polls are
conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner.