CS Fred Matiangi has threatened to shut down media outlets ahead of the 2022 elections.
While speaking on Sunday October 21 in Ol Kalou, the CS claimed that he is committed to apply the Public Order Act and shut down media houses that would be exploited by politicians to foment divisiveness ahead of the general elections.
Matiangi made it plain that he will not tolerate media outlets disseminating political misinformation that may incite public disturbance. He went on to say that, while his ministry has been patient for a while, it will not wait any longer to take action.
“You know us, I will go the whole hog if you break the law. I will shut you down, and without batting an eyelid,” the CS said. The CS made it clear that his mission is in the best interest of the country.
CS Joe Mucheru, who was also present at the ceremony, expressed concern over the country's news' credibility.
“We are living in a time of a lot of darkness, a time where you see news on your phone and ask if it is true or fake,” Mucheru remarked.
The Interior CS stated that the Ministry will use all available resources to achieve free, fair, and peaceful elections. He also stated that his administration would work to create a conducive environment for nonviolent campaigns.
The CS went on to say that any politician might run for office anywhere in the country, and that differences of opinion aren't enough to produce instability in the country.
He also ordered the police to take decisive action against acts of intolerance and political wrongdoing, assuring that they would not be biased in their enforcement of the law.
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