IEBC claims violence likely in Likoni constituency

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet photo:courtesy

Likoni is likely to experience violence during the August 8 elections, according to the electoral agency.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official Julius Karimi termed the area as a violence hotspot.

“The area has been characterised by threats and gangs that have been instilling fear in residents,” Karimi told a forum at the Likoni Social Hall.

“Elections are a few days away and we would like Kenyans to prepare for what might happen. People have severally been robbed in Likoni, which is a bad sign.”

Karimi called on locals to maintain peace during the elections and urged security agencies to increase patrols and deal with criminal gangs.

The latest threat is circulation of leaflets by unknown people warning non-locals of dire consequences if they don’t leave before the elections.

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Police are yet to arrest any suspects over the leaflets.

Last week, security officials met various aspirants to discuss how best to manage security in the sub-county.

Likoni deputy county commissioner Erick Wamulevu concurred the area is one of the violence hotspots in the county.

“Likoni has been mapped out as one of the violence hotspots. But we have all we need to ensure there will be no violence. And we have asked aspirants be careful unless someone wants to rot at Shimo La Tewa,” said Wamulevu.

 

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