CS Matiang’i affirms commitment to uphold the law ahead of polls

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Some of the leaders at the KEPSA meeting, including CJ David Maraga (centre) and Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i
Some of the leaders at the KEPSA meeting, including CJ David Maraga (centre) and Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has affirmed the government’s commitment to a free and fair general election, “As the government, we are determined to ensure we facilitate free, fair, and credible elections, we’ll do whatever it takes,” he said, “We’ll ensure the law is followed, and we’ll be firm in ensuring the enforcement of the law.”

While addressing the press during a meeting organized by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) in Nairobi, where leaders from key institutions and agencies charged with managing the elections including Chief Justice David Maraga were present. CS Matiang’i noted that human rights commissions have raised concerns about mistreatment of civilians by security officers in the line of duty, saying that they won’t be impeded when it comes to doing their work, “Colleagues in the human rights sector have raised issues about human rights. We are conscious about those rights and we will respect them but we’ll ensure those rights don’t interfere with freedom and the peace of others,” he said.

Furthermore, CS Matiang’i said everyone who is on the wrong side of the law will be dealt with, “Whoever commits crime regardless of their level, status or whatever they do in society, will be apprehended promptly and dealt with firmly,” said the CS, “The law protects us, the law requires us to do that, Kenyans expect us to live that way and that’s how we are going to do it.”