The Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has said the country’s security level is sound in the run-up to the general elections.
Boinnet spoke today while chairing a multi-agency security team at his office to review election preparedness.
“We have met here to review the level of preparedness for the period before, during and after elections. In our view and we have a very strong reason to believe so, we have done very well. We are satisfied with the arrangements put in place,” said Boinnet.
He allied fears over possible post poll violence as claimed by observers from the European Union Mission.
“We understand our country very well and we are fully prepared. Anyone acting in breach with any law we are required to enforce will meet full sanction of the same.” Boinnet warned.
He, however, added the police will act in conformity with the law.
The police boss said the service is apolitical and will provide security to all Kenyans and political leaders impartially regardless of anybody’s political persuasion.
“Our single purpose is to ensure the general elections are held in a safe and secure environment so that citizens can be able to choose leaders of their choice,” said Boinnet.
The security meeting was attended by Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro, Administration Police Service deputy Inspector General Samuel Arachi, Kenya Police Service DIG Joel Kitili, Director General National Youth Service Richard Ndubai, Kenya Forest Service director Emilio Mugo and representatives from Kenya Prisons and Kenya Wildlife Service respectively.
Boinnet also denied existence of a police squad trailing the opposition’s National Super Alliance (Nasa) flag bearer Raila Odinga as claimed by Senator James Orengo.
“Our job is to provide security to all including Raila. He has a security team from the service. We are not aware and the same has not been brought to our attention.” Boinnet observed.