The government has issued cautionary statements over the rising political heat in the country.
In a press conference at Harambee House on Wednesday, October 7, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua ordered the police to strictly enforce law to curb violence during political rallies.
Kinyua further directed that all public meetings be held in compliance with the Public Order Act, failure to which organizers will be heavily punished.
“All public meetings and public proceedings shall be held in strict compliance with Section 5 the Public Orders Act Cap 56 laws of Kenya.”
“A convener or any person intending to hold meeting shall notify the officer in a commanding station three days to but not 14 days before the procession. Must be present throughout the meeting and shall assist the police in maintain law and order.”
“At all times bind themselves to be peaceful and keep to the designated areas. Any person who wants to attend a meeting shall exercise civic duty and not be in possession of any weapon.” Kinyua stated.
The head of public service also issued a warning to politicians inciting and trying to radicalise the youth.
This comes just a few days after violence erupted at Kenol, Murang’a County on Sunday during a church service which Deputy President William Ruto attended.
Two people lost their lives during the chaos.
He further pleaded with Kenyans to report to any incitement offence.
“Not propagate insurgency and hostility among Kenyans. Observe the well being of everyone present.
Kinyua also issued a stern warning to the media saying that it will be held responsible for all the content they publish that has hate speech.
“All media outlets shall be held responsible for all the content that they publish and/or broadcast pursuant to section 62 of the National Cohesion and Integration Act as read together with guidelines for monitoring hate speech.”
“Media shall not publish words that incite ..Practice responsible and sensitive reporting. Air programmes that airs national unity and cohesion.”
Kinyua said any social media user shall ensure that all their content is written in a a language that avoids autonomy.
“Social media will be held liable for all their contents on preventing undesirable political messages. Before sharing any messages, authenticate it,” he added.
On Sunday, rival youths belonging to Kieleweke and Tangatanga clashed at Kenol ahead of Deputy President William Ruto’s visit to the region.