Kenyans have been urged to support and pray for security personnel ahead of the general elections.
Speaking on behalf of Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Samuel Gathirwa said the election period is a challenging time for the security forces due to heightened political activities that at times turn chaotic.
“As the elections period approaches, some politicians will start poisoning the minds of citizens which will be a challenging moment,” he said.
Mr Gathirwa was speaking Tuesday during a prayer Mass for uniformed and disciplined services officers and their families held at Christ the King Cathedral in Nakuru.
Nakuru County prisons commander James Sawe said the officers in attendance were from Naivasha, Baringo, Bomet and Nakuru.
“We are praying for a peaceful election and we hope that the political rallies will not be marred by riots this time around,” Mr Sawe said.
Bishop Salesius Mugambi of the Catholic Diocese of Meru said officers from several counties gather annually for a thanksgiving prayer.
“Officers are required to be strong and have a firm stand in all situations. The power that you have, the responsibility that you have, use it honourably like a good steward should,” said Mr Mugambi.
He urged the National Police Service to introduce counselling for officers.
Officers who attended the Mass were from the Kenya Police, Administration Police, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Prisons and National Youth Service.