National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has warned of a ploy by some politicians to disrupt the August 8 poll in Coast region and then use the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) as cover up.
Commissioner Morris Dzoro today said NCIC has gathered intelligence reports that some individuals have hatched a plan to mar the polls with violence and use MRC as scapegoat.
Dzoro who spoke in Mwanamwinga in Kaloleni constituency during the burial of veteran broadcaster Eddy Fondo said the commission and the police were on high alert over the issue.
Dzoro’s concerns received backing from area MP Gunga Mwinga who urged the commission and inteior security minister Joseph Nkaiserry to arrest individuals planning poll violence so as to ensure a peaceful exercise.
“We have intelligence that some individuals are planning to disrupt the polls and blame it on MRC. This will never be entertained at all, ” said Dzoro.
Dzoro said NCIC was monitoring hate speech during the ongoing campaigns so as to arrest the perpetrators.
“We are monitoring the social media for water tight evidence because that has been the greatest challenge whenever we move to court. This time around we will net the hate mongers,” said Dzoro.
Gunga urged security agents to move swiftly to avert chaos saying Coast people are peace loving and should be left to vote in a peaceful environment.
“Times when warnings are disregarded is long gone. We want to vote in peace not in pieces and therefore the police must move with speed, round up the planners and lock them up till after the polls” said the Coast Parliamentary Group chair.
During the 2013 elections, violence rocked parts of Kilifi and Mombasa counties disrupting the exercise in Chumani, Jibana and Changamwe respectively.