By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
The Government will not tolerate politicians using their campaigns to promote hate speech and violence among Kenyans at the Coast during this electioneering period, Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa warned on Friday.
Marwa warned suspected politicians that they risk arrests and prosecutions as he instructed security agencies to deal accordingly with any suspected hate-monger particularly in Mombasa county where many politicians are claimed to be inciting residents on tribal and religious grounds in order to win their votes.
Addressing hundreds of village elders who gathered at The School of Government in Mombasa early Friday, Marwa said security agents have been alerted of undisclosed plots by certain politicians in Mombasa to use goons during ongoing campaigns to fuel violence and disrupt the elections.
The tough talking Marwa singled out politicians from Kisauni constituency in Mombasa accusing them of using orthodox ways to bail out suspected criminals from police cells in attempts to use them to fuel violence during political campaigns.
He added that government officers in the entire Coast region have committed themselves in ensuring all candidates vying for various seats in the August elections get equal opportunities in terms of security to enable them to conduct peaceful campaigns ahead of the general elections.
“I want to tell you the government is well prepared and these officers including myself are ready to die for the peace in this country. We can not allow these few power hungry politicians to interfere with peace in our counties. Let them try and they shall see fire, I tell you” the no none sense Marwa warned.
He also directed all County Commissioners in the entire Coast region to urgently convene a meeting between their county security officers and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC to ensure they initiate campaign guidelines for candidates to help avert acts of violence.
“Mr Achoki, you will have to convene a meeting between county security officers and IEBC and ensure there are regulations that will guide how candidates conduct their campaign rallies. Candidates will have to submit their campaigns calendars to the police stations as earlier as possibly in order to allow you and your officers to arrange for security and other logistics “Nr Narwa added.
Meanwhile, the Coast Regional Coordinator appealed to local residents particularly village elders and local leaders to cooperate with security officers in the fight against insecurity in the entire Coast region,
Marwa also thanked the Muslim community for their support to the government’s efforts to maintain peace and security during Ramadan period.