The government has directed that chiefs and their assistants across the country be issued with 10,000 motorcycles to ease their movement as they attend to administrative duties ahead of the upcoming elections.

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i made the announcement during the National Chiefs Delegates Forum in Caritas, Nyeri County where he said the motorbikes would supplement the already existing 5,000 to boost their mobility as they mobilize constituents ahead of the August 9 Elections.

The CS called on the administrators to remain vigilant as the political temperatures in the country heat up as he reassured of government protection against opponents unhappy with the implementation of state policies.

He said that the State is set to deploy 12,000 officers to boost security and support them in the whole process.

“Don’t be threatened by these people, some of whom have been consumed by their desperation for political glory. We must be bold and serve our country with confidence. Confront lawbreakers and blackmailers head-on,” he said.

CS Matiang’i further called on chiefs to be on the lookout for conflicts emanating from political bribery and campaign tokens and also the importation of crowds.

“We are experiencing challenges in controlling and managing crowds mobilized through bribery, spewing of hate speech and abuse of social media. Be vigilant in your areas of jurisdiction and don’t allow such vices to threaten the peace and stability,” said the CS

Dr. Matiang’i similarly underscored the need for the administrative officers to remain politically neutral and work in collaboration with other relevant authorities such as the police to ensure peace and stability around elections.

“Politicians are increasingly becoming desperate, especially when they realize the odds are stacked against them. Some of them can do anything during this period, but stand firm for the sake of our country,” he said.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho who was also at the event said the government was committed to progressively improving the administrators’ welfare, including addressing the challenges of succession management.

Kibicho noted that the Interior Ministry was reviewing the scheme for service for NGAOs in consultation with the Public Service Commission to revamp public administration.

At the same time, Matiang’i directed chiefs in the volatile regions across the country such as Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Samburu among others to prioritize peace talks and initiate resource-sharing negotiations, especially where conflicts are around land, pasture and water.

Consequently, Dr. Matiang’i directed the administrators to be directly involved in the community affairs to combat the Triple Threats of HIV/AIDS, Gender-Based Violence and teenage pregnancies.

He also reiterated his remarks that those abetting retrogressive resolutions of underage pregnancies would be sacked and prosecuted.


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