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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Custom Adv 1

I wish to update the country on the state of security since Wednesday.

Yesterday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) concluded the 2017 General Elections upon the declaration of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta as the President-elect.

I wish to thank Kenyans for keeping calm throughout the tallying process, and cooperating with security actors which ensured peace and security.

Across the country, there has been a state of public safety and security. By and large life has returned to normal and as I have indicated, I urge everyone to go about their normal chores assured of safety and security.

In spite of this general state there has have been erratic incidents of lawlessness in a few places such as Kibra in Nairobi and parts of Kisumu County.

In these places, reports indicate criminal elements have attempted to take advantage of the situation to loot and destroy property. The security forces have responded appropriately and restored normalcy.

I wish to remind the public that whereas we enjoy the right to hold demonstrations, this must be carried out peacefully and unarmed, without posing threat to life or property.

Furthermore, the enjoyment of these rights does not allow any citizen to infringe on the rights of other citizens.

I reiterate that the Government will stop at nothing short of protecting the lives of Kenyans and their property and warn any person that may have criminal intent that they will face the full force of the law.

I wish to acknowledge that the independent media has by and large reported responsibly. However, we note that some sections of media house have been broadcasting old footage of violent incidences with some of it drawn from outside the country.

The media has a responsibility in law to inform accurately and not to fan violence.

I urge every media house—both local and international— to exercise their duty responsibly.

In the same vein, I wish to reiterate my call on the responsible use of the social media platforms.

We have in the last few days, noted a significant increase in the number of false and inflammatory messages being spread on social platforms. Some of these carry rumours and inciting messages that risk sparking violence.

As you are aware, we have laws that govern against the abuse of social media and the government will not hesitate to take action against culprits. Security agencies are strictly instructed to track and arrest the culprits. Accordingly, some have already been apprehended and will be processed in accordance with the law.

Now that the elections are behind us, I urge every Kenyan to revert to their normal lives.

As always, our security agencies remain alert and ready to safeguard both life and property within our territory.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Fred Matiang’i, PhD, EGH

Ag. Cabinet Secretary for Interior & Coordination of National Government

Saturday, 12th August 2017


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