June 25, 2019

Boinnett assures Kenyans of safety during August polls

The Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett has assured Kenyans of maximum security during this electioneering period.

The police boss said all security agencies have put in place all measures to ensure the country remains peaceful even as political temperatures continue to soar.

He said, come elections day, the service will be out to protect Kenyans with all the resources they have.

“We will be on hand to provide security with the resources that we have to the very best of our ability,” he said.

He spoke on Wednesday at Jeff Koinange Live show on Citizen TV.

He said there are enough police officers to protect Kenyans.

His assurance comes after European Union observers warned Kenya about violence during the election

Chief Observer Marietje Schaake said that Kenyans are apprehensive the country might fall back to chaos like in 2007/08.

On terrorism, Boinnet said the service has faired well in the fight against the insurgency by Al-Shabaab militants.

He dispelled the notion that there exists “absolute” security.

“Let’s not delude ourselves that there is something called absolute security. It doesn’t exist.”

He said that they are battling terrorism on two fronts: preventative and protective.

So far, said the IG, they have thwarted 99% of terror attacks and only one per cent has managed to infiltrate.

In the last two weeks, Lamu County has been attacked severally by al-shabaab militia.

Last week, Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy was hijacked together with her guards at Milihoi and was rescued 45 minutes later in a sting operation by KDF soldiers who are in an operation to flush out the insurgents out of Boni forest.

And on Tuesday, the militants tried to raid a GSU camp in Lamu East but they were overpowered by GSU officers at the camp.

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