The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has flagged Kisumu and Uasin Gishu counties as potential post-election violence hotspots.
Speaking during a press briefing on Friday, NCIC Chairman Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia said that the two counties were home to the two leading presidential contenders and there was a chance of either of them challenging the election results.
Kobia said that the commission had earlier identified six potential election violence hotpots in six counties but the commission took action immediately.
“In the report we came out with where we flagged six hotspots in six counties and immediately that was done, actions were taken. Nakuru is one of the hotspots we had flagged out together with Mombasa and Nairobi,” Dr. Kobia said.
However, speaking during the same press briefing, National Police Service (NPS) spokesperson Bruno Shioso said that the service was preparing to deploy at least 150,000 officers to provide security during the polls.
He assured Kenyans that their security was a top priority during the election and there was no cause for any fears.
“The National Police Service has prepared to deploy at least 150,000 police officers to provide security during the August 9 General Election.
“This should reassure Kenyans that their security is a top priority around this election period and so they should not fear but rather confidently play their role in the elections and leave everything else to agencies in charge of security to do their part,” Shioso stated.