Tana River County Commissioner (CC) Mbogai Rioba has warned leaders against instigating ethnic hatred and incitement to violence in their campaigns.
The government would deal with any inciter regardless of his or her status, the administrator said.
Speaking during a security meeting at Kurawa sub-location in Garsen constituency, he advised politicians and opinion leaders to carry out peaceful campaigns.
He asked them to consider the diversity of the communities in their areas of jurisdiction.
“We urge the youths to resist being used by rogue politicians and ethnic demagogues to disrupt peace and tranquility in the county,” he said.
The County administrator revealed that the government has finalized plans to construct a police station in the Miticharaka island in Garsen constituency.
The station is expected to boost security in the area as the country prepares for election, Mr Rioba added.
His assurance comes in the wake of suspicious reports of the reemergence of outlawed groups and alleged recruitment of youth.
Mbogai advised the Miticharaka residents to live in harmony as the country heads for a general election.
He urged locals to cooperate with the government and report any criminals hiding in their midst.
Mbogai said the government won’t allow a few radicalized youth to disturb peace in the area.
The residents want the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to start investigations in Miticharaka to weed out criminals who are reemerging.