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Matiang'i speaks on the country's security, sounds warning

Riziki Hamadi

Interior and Coordination Acting Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i addresses the press, August 12, 2017. [Photo|@ntvkenya]

Interior and Coordination Acting Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i has dismissed reports that the country is experiencing violence.

Instead, he said only parts of Nairobi, particularly Kibra and Mathare, and Kisumu, were the ones experiencing violence and unlawful protests.

This follows declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta, as the president elect, Friday evening.

Supporters of Opposition leader Raila Odinga, were aggrieved following the declaration, in parts of Nairobi, Homa Bay, Migori and Kisumu, and took to streets, lighting bonfires and barricading roads.

However, Matiang'i said such people were not peaceful protesters, but criminals who were out to loot, and disturb peace.

"We have made some arrests and we will arrest more of such people. I am telling for a fact, we are not going to tolerates such people. The law is clear, if you want to exercise your democratic right of peaceful protests, you know what to do. Go to the police for license and the police will protect you," said Matiang'i.

Addressing the press from Harambee House, Saturday, the CS indicated that he had not received any cases of casualties, following Friday night violence.

He warned that his officers would not relent in dealing with violent protesters.

"The country is calm and peaceful generally. Life's going on as normal," he noted.

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