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Engage in violence at own peril, Uhuru tells aspirants

April 20, 2017 9:49 PM
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned that stern action will be taken on those involved in violence during the ongoing party primaries.

He said police have been put on high alert to deal ruthlessly with individuals involved in organising or participating in chaos during the exercise.

The Head of State told a press conference at State House the government was concerned that incidents of chaos and violence that have sometimes featured in party primaries may be repeated.

“Let me say clearly that such violent acts will not be tolerated and police will be ready to deal with such individuals at any time and place,” he warned.

“In recognition and respect of Article 31 of the Elections Act that governs party primaries, our police force has been put at the disposal of all political parties to ensure security of all citizens and communities during this exercise.”

Uhuru said his government was committed to enforcing the rule of law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens and communities during party primaries and General Election in August.

“A culture of hooliganism during the electoral process must not and will not be allowed to gain currency and acceptance,” he cautioned.

He further warned those vying on a Jubilee Party ticket that they risk being disqualified should they be involved in violence. Uhuru said he was confident the party primaries would be robust and credible and “one that we can all trust and have confidence in”.


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