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Security heads hold meeting ahead of election

The closed-door meeting brought together bigwigs from the military, police and intelligence.

Heads of security agencies on Tuesday held a day-long meeting to discuss plans to ensure the country remains secure before and after the General Election.

The main issues on the agenda were scaling up security operations while ensuring the activities of the different security agencies are well coordinated throughout the electioneering period.

The high-level meeting, held at the Defence Staff College in Karen, Nairobi, brought together members of the National Security Advisory Committee.

It was attended by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and his Defence counterpart Raychelle Omamo.

From the military, Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe led Service Commanders Robert Kibochi (Army), Samuel Thuita (Air Force) and Levi Mghalu (Navy).

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the director-general of National Intelligence Service also attended the meeting. Also in attendance were principal secretaries Karanja Kibicho (Interior) and Kirimi Kaberia (Defence).

Government technocrats have in the past few weeks identified at least 30 hotspots in parts of the country where violence is likely to occur if proper security arrangements are not put in place ahead of the political campaigns.

A document seen by the Nation, also identified election-related crimes that are likely to be reported in those areas. It further listed the incidents that security officers on the ground should look out for as warnings for potential violence.

On top of the list of indicators is “hate speech by politicians and their supporters,” according to the document. After voting, the document continues, likely offences include “refusal to accept results”.

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