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14,000 police to be deployed

25 July 2012, 10:48 Steve Wambugu

The government will deploy an additional 14,000 police officers to ensure that peace prevails during and after the forthcoming general elections.

Although a lot has been done through peace campaigns and reconciliation programs, the security sector is in preparation for community policy to ensure that there is peace during the elections period.

This was said yesterday morning  by the Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua in Molo.

Addressing journalists, Kinuthia noted that the government through the internal security ministry and the Kenyans at large have done a lot in the ground through peace campaigns.

“Kenyans have now matured on how to conduct themselves during the electioneering period and it does not necessarily mean that people have to fight, ” Kinuthia said.

He further reiterated that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) has indicated the number of officers required to man various polling stations during the electioneering period and that the security sector has been able to raise the number.

Three thousand police officers are expected to graduate during the first week of September, whereas another four thousand Administration police are also expected to be released bringing the total number of officer to 7000.

Another 7000 officers will be recruited between now and August.

“We hope that no Kenyan has the will or plan to harm other Kenyans during that crucial period”. He added.

The Administration Police commandant was speaking at a family day ceremony held at the Presbyterian church of east Africa in Molo where he urged Kenyans to maintain peace.

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