Po­lice must re­main neu­tral, says Jama

Garissa chief de­plores at­tack on Bomet gov­er­nor hit by po­lice tear­gas can­nis­ter

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Garissa Gov­er­nor Nathif Jama has ap­pealed for po­lit­i­cal tol­er­ance among politi­cians.

He de­plored the at­tack on Bomet Gov­er­nor Isaac Rutto who was struck by a po­lice tear­gas can­nis­ter on Sun­day.

Jama urged po­lice to re­main neu­tral. He spoke at Mus­taqbal Univer­sity in Garissa.

Jama said with the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion fast ap­proach­ing and tem­pers likely to flare up, se­cu­rity agen­cies must not take sides.

“We fear that those gov­er­nors who may not agree with what the po­lice say will suf­fer in­jus­tice and ha­rass­ment,” he said.

“We would not wish to see ugly scenes of vi­o­lence and un­nec­es­sary blood­shed as a re­sult of con­fronta­tion be­tween groups from dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal camps. We all need to carry out our cam­paigns in a civil way.”

Jama was re­act­ing to as­sault on Rutto who was in­jured while po­lice were dis­pers­ing his sup­port­ers dur­ing an event in Silib­wet Sta­dium.

He said he was at­tend­ing a church ser­vice when he re­ceived com­plaints from youths at­tend­ing a foot­ball match. Rutto said one po­lice of­fi­cer tried to hit him with a ba­ton, but his se­cu­rity thwarted the move and con­fronta­tion en­sued.

Jama urged the youth to re­ject politi­cians who are hell-bent on us­ing them to cause chaos.

He urged the gov­ern­ment to cre­ate a fund for faith-based in­sti­tu­tions, say­ing lack of fund­ing makes them vul­ner­a­ble to self-seek­ing groups. He said the Se­nate can an en­abling law.

‘WE FEAR THOSE GOV­ER­NORS WHO MAY NOT AGREE WITH WHAT THE PO­LICE SAY WILL SUF­FER’

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