Security beefed up as parties conduct primaries in Mombasa

The Mombasa county commissioner Evans Achoki at a the address Photo Wyclif Okumu

Mombasa,KENYA:Security has been beefed up in Mombasa a head of the ODM and Jubilee parties primaries scheduled for this Saturday and 25th April respectively in the Coast Counties, the Government has said.

Briefing journalists on Friday, Mombasa county commissioner Evans Achoki said police are prepared to curb any indiscipline cases that may arise during the exercise especially in places with high competitions like Changamwe, Nyali and Likoni.

Achoki said police officers will be deployed in every polling station to manage and control the high number of residents expected to turn out in numbers to vote aspirants of their choice.

”I want assure Kenyans more so Mombasa residents that the Government has put in place enough security personnel, no need to panic. We will be everywhere throughout the process to ensure that peace prevails,” he said.

The county commissioner further called on residents to keep off any act that may halt harmony during the party primaries urging them not to crowd the polling stations after participating in the nominations.

”I kindly ask the residents to cooperate during this process, leave the polling stations after casting your vote and please inform the security of any irregularity that you may come across ” Achoki urged.

Aspirants have also been put on watch should they revolt to chaos or make hate speech utterances, with Achoki warning any politician who will engage in such like will not be spared irrespective of their political ranks.

”I want warn that any politician who will make hate speech related utterance will be brought to books. Our security persons will be on the ground to record such which will be used as evidence against you in court,”

”I know that ODM will be conducting their primaries this Saturday, Jubilee will be holding theirs next week, these are two parties with huge followers thus we will not tolerate anything that breach security,’ Achoki warned.

After postponing its party nominations last week, ODM is expected to conduct the exercise this Saturday in Coast counties with aspirants jostling for tickets in different seats.