Bungoma Police Officers Hold Peace Walk to Sensitize the Public a Head of August Polls

Bungoma County police commander Dr. Musyoki Mutungi addressing the press in his office

“This peace walk should be taken seriously because it is an event that will be held nationally to spread a message of peace,” he said, adding that all peace stakeholders in Bungoma County have been included in the vital initiative to ensure that the message is spread widely among the people-Bungoma County Commander Dr Musyoki Mutungi

By Brown Wafula

Police officers in Bungoma held a peace walk within the town to sensitize the public on the importance of maintaining peace ahead of the August elections. Those who took part in the torch peace run were the police officers drawn from the nine constituencies of Bungoma County.

In an interview with The Weekly Vision on Thursday at the County Commissioners Office, Bungoma County Commander Dr Musyoki Mutungi noted that the peace walk is a national exercise that was organized by the office of the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai in conjunction with the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Dr Mutungi pointed out that the main purpose of having such an activity is to sensitize and preach peace among the public. “This peace walk should be taken seriously because it is an event that will be held nationally to spread a message of peace,” he said, adding that all peace stakeholders in Bungoma County have been included in the vital initiative to ensure that the message is spread widely among the people.

He added, “This message is not only for the people of Bungoma, residents of other counties should get similar messages,” However, Mutungi said that the police are working with County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti in ensuring that peace is given priority as the elections approach.

“The County Commissioner is our boss whom we report to on our daily security matters within the county. That is why we have involved him fully for advice and directives,” Mutungi added. On elections, Mutungi urged the public to conduct their democratic rights as per the constitution and leave the rest of the mandate to the IEBC to announce the winner of the elections.

Bungoma County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti lauded police officers who availed themselves in taking part in the peace walk adding that the police will have an easy time executing their roles when there is peace

“Once you cast your vote go back home and start following the rest of the process through the media, we want to conduct peaceful elections,” he said. He said that the peace walk is a one-day exercise where participants will walk around Bungoma town with aim of sensitizing the public.

He added that after all the counties finalize the exercise, the main national event will be held in Nairobi and will be attended by representatives from the 47 counties led by the police bosses in Nairobi. Mutungi said that the police have started collecting intelligence reports in Bungoma County to identify places where there might be violence to ensure that peace prevails before, during and after elections.

“We have put all plans in place to ensure that residents of Bungoma take part in peaceful elections and choose the leaders of their choice without violence,” he said. He warned those with plans to cause violence during elections to keep off and follow the stipulated law.

Bungoma County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti lauded police officers who availed themselves in taking part in the peace walk adding that the police will have an easy time executing their roles when there is peace. “Police are not always happy to arrest law offenders this time round. Let’s remain peaceful as we conduct the elections,” Kimiti added.

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