Why chiefs may no longer take political sides.


Over many years politicians have taken advantage of village chief’s ability to influence to build on their political mileage but things may just have changed going forward. The Interior and Coordination of National Government PS Karanja Kibicho has warned chiefs and their assistants to refrain from politics giving a stern warning that violators will to face the law.

“I know most politicians are cunning enough to try and use your capacity to manipulate political opinions of the citizenry but you have to stick by your professional ethics. Do not let them recruit you as their campaign agents,” he said

These remarks came a day after chiefs and aspiring candidates were treated to a luncheon at Suspended CS Charity Ngilu’s home who has already expressed interest in the governorship seat in 2017.

Mr. Kibicho was speaking yesterday 17th May 2016 at Syongila Chief’s camp in Kitui County, where he met hundreds of Kitui County security agents including county security committee, chiefs and their assistants among other security stakeholders on a routine consultative tour.

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The PS further regretted that some local administrators were reportedly taking political sides and even publicly campaigning for their “favourite” politicians. Mr. Kibicho said the law enforcers were mandated with ensuring that the rule of law is upheld and adhered to in their areas of jurisdiction adding that it was not part of their job description to propagate political ideologies among the public.

“You are not even allowed to discuss politics in your bedrooms with your spouses as such betrays our pledge and commitment to be an all-inclusive administration. If I get word that you did so I will personally deal with you accordingly,” he taunted the gathering.

The PS is also expected to engage other security committees, chiefs and their assistants in Machakos and Makueni counties in consultative meetings in the course of this week.

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