Nelson Marwa bans demonstrations on poll day

Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa has banned demonstrations during Thursday’s election.

Speaking during a press briefing at Uhuru na Kazi in Mombasa, Mr Marwa warned anyone planning to disrupt the election of dire consequences adding that security personnel will not entertain “any element of disruption”.

“Tomorrow is voting day. Don’t roam around the streets in the name of demonstrating. If you are found, you will be met with the full force of law.” he said.

He added: “Those who do not want to vote should stay at home and sleep. Don’t go and mill around the polling stations. Keep off and those who will try to spread hate will be dealt with accordingly.”

SECURITY

At the same time, the regional coordinator assured residents of their security ahead of the polls and asked them to ignore any threats meant to hinder them from voting.

“The government is there to deal with the threats,” he said.

The regional coordinator said security had been beefed up to ensure the election goes smoothly.

He added that a multi-agency team had been put in place to secure the region including the volatile Lamu and Tana River counties.

“We have heightened security in the last one week in Tana River and Lamu counties. Both air and ocean patrol will be in place.”

ATTACK

The counties have been hit by a wave of insecurity in the recent past.

During the August 8 elections gunmen attacked a polling station in Galole, Tana River County, killing one person and injuring several others.

The attackers were however tracked down and killed by police officers.

Mr Marwa was accompanied by other regional security bosses among the Criminal Investigation Directorate Pius Macharia, Regional Police Commandant Larry Kieng, Administration Police Commander James Akoru and the County Commissioner Evans Achoki among others.

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