Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, has confirmed that all presidential contenders and their running mates have received security, labelling any threats against any of them as a publicity stunt.
In an interview with Kameme FM on Wednesday, August 2, Kibicho asserted that poltical figures who complained that their lives were in danger had never sought additional security from the government.
“Some claims are just for seeking voter’s sympathy. The only plan we have is to protect everyone including ordinary Kenyans. Kenya is a peaceful country and it is unfair for leaders of such stature to allege someone wants to eliminate them,” Kibicho said.
“Why would they be eliminated? What have they done to deserve that? They are only playing with the psychology of Kenyans with such comments,” he added.
He urged politicians to temper their statements in order to prevent inflaming racial animosity and tensions ahead of the gearing General Election.
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“I am urging these people to take responsibility for their remarks. Let them make remarks that are founded and not inciteful.”
“In any case, we are aware that if anything happened to any of them, the elections will have to be postponed because that is what the constitution says.”
“We know and that is why we have provided enough security to all of them,” Kibicho said.
His comments come after those of Deputy President William Ruto, who claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta had threatened him but cautioned against touching his children.
“As long as you don’t kill my children, I am ready to face you in this election with your project,” Ruto said.
“President, you shouldn’t be the source of a threat in Kenya. Stop threatening Kenyans. Your work is toward that all Kenyans are safe.”
“Stop telling us that we will know that you’re the President,” he added during a campaign tour of Nandi County.
President Kenyatta reacted to the allegation and claimed that he has never thought of harming DP William Ruto.
President Kenyatta stated that for the last three years Ruto and allies have been on a hate-mongering and demeaning rampage while he stayed silent.
He insisted that the opportune time for him to ‘act’ was then and now that he is on his final days to complete his two five-year constitutional terms, that is not his agenda.
“There is no need of telling people that I want to kill you, haven’t you insulted me for three years has anyone touched you. Have I not been in government in the three years, I had all the powers?” he posed.
“Now when am handing over the government when I have no powers is when I have time to look for you?”
President Kenyatta pointed out that there is no need for insults saying all he has been doing is to call out DP Ruto for lying to Kenyans in the public domain.
“There is no need for insults and when I answer you lies do not tell people I want to kill you…. Sell your agenda and stories and leave me alone. I will do my job and complete it.”
“You go and ask the electorate for votes, if they elect you that’s fine and if not, we will go home together,” the Head of State stated.
Further, DP Ruto stated that threats toward him will not block his presidential bid noting that it is unstoppable.
“Stop engaging me my friend, kindly push your own candidate. Mr. President please, stop talking about me, talk about your candidate. Tell us Raila’s agenda and leave William Ruto alone,” Ruto stated.