- The President was categorical he will not allow any acts of lawlessness during campaigns.
- Tension has been rising in Uasin Gishu following a fierce political battle between Mandago and Buzeki.
- Governor Mandago was present during the parade.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned that leaders who will incite Kenyans to fight one another ahead of the August general election will be dealt with firmly.
He said his government will not tolerate leaders who are out to divide Kenyans and those propagating violence saying they will be taught a lesson.
Speaking Friday at Moi Barracks in Eldoret during a recruits’ pass out parade, the President was categorical that he will not allow any acts of lawlessness during the electioneering period.
“I want to be perfectly clear, these perpetrators of violence and lawlessness will be dealt with. There is no room for those who want to divide us. There is no room in Kenya for those who want to snatch away the property others have laboured to build, and there is absolutely no room here for those who will raise their hands against their brothers and sisters and fellow countrymen. Leaders of incitement and violence will learn their lesson,” he said.
He spoke in a county where tension has been rising following a fierce political battle for its governorship pitting incumbent Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and an independent candidate, Bundotich Kiprotich Zedekiah Buzeki.
The governor, who was present during the parade, is under investigation alongside two MPs Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) and Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) over comments they made last week after they were cleared by the IEBC to seek re-election.
They were reported to have threatened to ask their supporters to vote for the opposition if a certain community in the county continues to support Mr Mandago’s rival.
On Thursday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said the three are under investigations and that action would be taken if their utterances are found to be inciting.
The President also spoke about the insecurity in Kerio Valley saying he will ensure order prevails soon.
He said the KDF soldiers deployed in the region are working with the police to stamp out banditry and restore peace.
“We have recently seen an escalation of violence in parts of the North Rift. Communities have been divided, property has been destroyed and stolen and Kenyans have lost lives but we shall restore order. The KDF are helping the police to restore law and order there,” he said.