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Suspicion of introduction of new draconian election laws following curious statements

In what is slowly but surely beginning to sound like a well laid out script, and planned strategy already in motion, senior government officials appear to be sending out carbon copy messages in a seemingly well coordinated operation. Just a day after Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji made an alarmist statement concerning the risky state of the 2022 elections, now Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’I has doubled down on those concerns.

Yesterday, Dr. Matiang’I announced the establishment of a multiagency security team which will be coordinated by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, and will be expected to liaise with county security heads and their teams. Matiang’I said that they had already identified several hotspots that are considered prone to violence, and intended to focus their energies on such areas.

In the earlier statement by the DPP, Noordin Haji urged leaders and Kenyans to uphold integrity in the elections, saying his office had already put in place measures to handle election offences. He said that prosecution of some election offences can be complex.

He, however, said his office has a specialised division on election and hate speech cases. He said that his office, in partnership with the Independent Policing Oversight Authority and the National Police Service, is developing procedures on offences committed by the police.

He was speaking during the Kenya Media Sector Working Group meeting at the Leopard Beach Hotel in Kwale County. The meeting of the Kenya Editors Guild was also attended by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission Secretary and CEO Twalib Mbarak.

The Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission Secretary and CEO Twalib Mbarak has lamented over the failure of many leaders or persons seeking elective positions to meet the integrity threshold, according to Chapter 6 of the Constitution.

Mr Mbarak said despite being blacklisted, some of the aspirants won elective seats and even assumed public office despite facing criminal charges including corruption and economic crimes.

Chapter Six of the Kenyan Constitution says that a leader who has integrity issues is unfit for office.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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