Matiang’i Instructs Chiefs to Monitor Social Media Posts.

Interior Ministry Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has instructed local chiefs to monitor social media posts in their areas ahead of the August elections.

Matiang’i Instructs Chiefs to Monitor Social Media Posts.
Interior CS Fred Matiangi and PS Karanja Kibicho

Matiang'i instructed national government officials to be more careful in monitoring and acting on social media remarks made by politicians and their followers after a meeting with the National Forum of Chiefs in Nyeri County on Wednesday, April 13.

The action was prompted by escalating political heats in the country, according to the CS, who claimed that hopefuls were using the forums to preach hate speech and promote political intolerance.

Chiefs will be responsible for spotting and reporting the usage of words and phrases that the National Cohesion and Integration Commission has identified as problematic (NCIC).

The Interior CS also utilized the event to address political concerns that Chiefs were biased and were being used to promote Raila Odinga's candidacy.

When dealing with politicians, he asked the administrators to be politically impartial but forceful, and to guarantee that law and order is maintained in their regions of jurisdiction.

On the other hand, Matiang'i underlined that Chiefs are vulnerable to harassment while carrying out their responsibilities, assuring them of government support and protection from bullying and intimidation.

In addition, the state aided Chiefs and National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) in preparation for the election and to help them carry out their responsibility of executing government programs.

"10,000 motorbikes will be procured as an addition to 5,000 already bought to facilitate mobility of Chiefs and their assistants," Matiang’i said.

Matiang'i, speaking about the escalating incidences of insecurity in banditry-prone areas like Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, and Samburu, called on Chiefs to stand up and become peace envoys, as well as launch resource-sharing negotiations.

The CS also cautioned Chiefs against facilitating underage pregnancies and gender-based violence by negotiating with the offenders and victims' families. He promised to fire, arrest, and prosecute anyone found guilty.