NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)
has pledged to take stern action against aspirants for elective seats linked to
sponsoring violence during campaigns.
Wafula Chebukati told journalists in Nairobi that a crackdown on individuals
suspected of involvement in campaign violence has commenced to ensure Kenya
conducts free, credible and transparent polls in August.
commission will not tolerate any act of political intolerance and any aspirant
for public office who violates electoral code of conduct to engage in violent
campaigns will be liable for persecution,” Chebukati said.
He spoke to
reporters in Nairobi against a backdrop of campaign violence witnessed in three
counties of Kisumu, Baringo and Kiambu this week.
incident in Western Kenya city of Kisumu, which is an opposition, the National
Super Alliance (NASA) stronghold, rowdy youths heckled at an entourage led by
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto after they commissioned
projects on Wednesday.
Presidential Flag bearer, Raila Odinga and his co-principals on the same day
faced hostilities while on a campaign tour of Jubilee Party stronghold in
Baringo County in northwest region.
his entourage on Thursday was again heckled by rowdy youth while on a campaign
tour of Kenyatta’s backyard in Kiambu County.
section of Kenyans including religious and political leaders, private sector
lobby and heads of independent institutions condemned acts of hooliganism during
revealed that the electoral body has deployed a team of investigators to the
counties that were affected by the latest campaign violence to unearth the
identity of perpetrators.
dispatched our investigators to collect more information on the sponsors of the
recent campaign violence. Our findings will be made public in the next couple of
days,” said Chebukati
He added the
electoral agency has put solid measures in place to ensure the August 8 polls
are free from violence, intimidation and voter bribery.
Speaking in Laikipia in central Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned leaders
fomenting violence ahead of August elections that they would be met with the
full force of the law, and promised the restive county of a peaceful election.
thinking that they will incite violence, community against community, that they
will cause trouble—let me tell them, they are dreaming,” Kenyatta said.
“It will not
happen. We will not let you. You will see, you will see tough action,” the
President said of local politicians blamed for conflicts over grazing land, as
well as attacks on private ranches in Laikipia.
Kenyatta said that individuals would also not be allowed to invade private land
and destroy private property in the name of politics or protecting tribal
spoke as leaders at the funeral called for a meeting of leaders from Laikipia,
Samburu, Turkana and Baringo to try to find a lasting solution to perennial
conflicts among mainly pastoralist communities in the region.
He urged both
leaders and residents to uphold dialogue in addressing challenges facing the
region instead of engaging in violence and lawlessness.
president’s remarks came after six Kenyan police officers were killed and four
others seriously injured on Wednesday after being ambushed by bandits in
is increasingly becoming a conflict zone as people and wildlife are killed with
impunity, livestock stolen, houses razed and property looted.
known for large ranches established in the pre-independence period by Kenya’s
white community, has in recent months been hit by conflict, pitting private
ranch owners against Pokot and Samburu herders.