The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has urged the government to deploy sufficient security apparatus in stronghold areas of key political parties ahead of the elections.
KNCHR Chairperson Roseline Odede says that civil unrest is likely to be witnessed in the strongholds if their flagbearers raise issues with the electoral process.
“Based on the history of our nation and nature of divisive and intensified campaigns the candidates are undertaking, there is a likelihood that the stronghold of some of the candidates refuse to accept results, the Commission therefore urges the deployment of sufficient police officers to curb potential violence,” Said Mrs Odede.
Mrs Odede further noted that the situation is likely to trigger another chaotic electoral cycle if the security personnel fail to handle the situation with responsibility and civility.
“The commission understands that efforts of police to rebattle provocation normally triggers further chaos, we therefore urge the police to restrain from using excessive force and live ammunition should chaos erupt in the mapped areas,” Mrs Odede added.
The Commission also pointed the use of Public venues as entities fueling political violence as witnessed in Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi East constituency and in Kisii Stadium when a police officer allegedly hurled a teargas canister on the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya supporters.
“Media reports on biased access to public venues is a matter that is considered to fuel political violence in each political outfit, we therefore urge the government to ensure that all players and stakeholders have equal rights in access to the public venues so that no party or stakeholder feels sidelined.”
The Commission also condemned the recent circulation of the leaflets bearing hatespeech targeting non locals residing in Uasin-gishu County giving the ultimatum to vote a presidential candidate from local community.
By Rodgers Oduor