JOHANNESBURG, October 19 – Kenyan police are increasing security in preparation for possible fresh outbreaks of violence in the run-up to, and during, the presidential election rerun scheduled for October 26, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported on Thursday.
Spokesman George Kinoti said due to the prevailing political situation, new threats have been identified and fresh hotspots mapped out.
Part of the security preparation involves police officers preparing for attacks on voters, voters being prevented physically from reaching the polls, road blocks and polling stations coming under attack.
Anyone involved in preventing transportation of voting materials as well as those taking part in rioting and destruction of government and private property will be arrested.
“All those risks have been appreciated and are factored in the reviewed operational plan. Police anticipate such attacks would be in isolated places. Security measures are in place in readiness for any eventuality. Any threat will be mitigated by ensuring action is taken before it happens,” Kinoti said.
He added: “Before any disruption, any plans against the polls will be forestalled. Police will ensure security for all polling officials as well as materials at the stations and distribution centres.”
The increased security follows attacks last week on officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in Kisumu and Siaya counties.
Kisumu, Siaya as well as parts of Mombassa and Nairobi have been identified by police as hotspots for potential violence.