Matiang'i Responds to Ruto Over Security Threats in Rallies

  • Interior CS Fred Matiang'i addresses a meeting with KEPSA and the NDICCC on Monday, May 22, 2022. .jpg
    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i addresses a meeting with KEPSA and the NDICCC on Monday, May 23, 2022.
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  • Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, says the government is willing to provide security to all candidates who have raised concerns over their safety days after the Kenya Kwanza team accused him of being biased with police deployments.

    Speaking to TV47 on Friday, July 15, Matiang'i expressed that he was willing to listen to any candidate who has concerns on their security.

    He refuted claims that there was bias in the deployment of officers to political rallies.

    Deputy President William Ruto addresses a rally in Vihiga County on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
    Deputy President William Ruto addresses a rally in Vihiga County on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
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    "The law states that we should focus on the presidential candidates, however, we are even willing to offer security to county assembly aspirants.

    "I have not seen any person who is not protected and if there is anyone who thinks that they are not protected and needs to be protected, I am willing to listen to them even at night. Let us forget about the propaganda being spread out there," he stated.

    Further, Matiang'i dared the Kenya Kwanza team who have often accused him of being partisan in his work to show proof even as he stated that there was a need to differentiate between work and personal opinions.

    He maintained that it was within his right to support any candidate of his choice adding that the Supreme Court Judges are also allowed to vote despite playing a critical role in presidential petitions.

    "We have been meeting with the chiefs on several occasions and what we discuss surrounds security. There is no day we have met with them to discuss politics. Our work is to ensure that there is security for everyone," Matiang'i added.

    "Even when you ask them to prove their claims, they do not have any evidence. I have not been involved in politics. Don't government officials also have a right to air their voices?"

    Nonetheless, he assured that he would not allow any interference in the elections adding that he had a responsibility to protect Kenyans.

    The reshuffle of Ruto's security last year saw the government come under sharp criticism from the DP's allies who alleged that there was a sinister motive behind the changes.

    Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai inspecting a past parade.
    Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai inspecting a past police parade.
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