Police receive emergency kits hours to elections
- Officers given first aid kits hours to election
- Police all over the country have received first aid and disaster preparedness equipment.
Police have received first aid and disaster preparedness equipment including hundreds of body bags ahead of tomorrow's elections.
The officers received gloves, stretchers, first aid kits and other emergency materials as part of preparedness to deal with casualties in case of violence during and after the elections.
The equipment, handed over to the Administration Police Commander Joseph Keitany by a Non-Government Organisation on Friday, has sent chills down the spines of many Kisumu residents.
But top security officials in Nyanza led by Regional Coordinator Wilson Njenga said the body bags were to boost preparedness for weighty events such as elections.
"We will use these kits including the body bags in cases of emergency or accidents or casualties arising from the election," said Mr Njega.
He ruled out claims they were pre-empting either deaths or fatalities arising from the election, saying such preparations were being put in place by all systems.
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"The Kenya Red Cross team are ready with first aid and medical kits, so the police is not an exception. This is a routine exercise," he said.
Addressing the media in Kisumu yesterday, Njenga said they would not allow anybody to gather outside polling stations apart from accredited voters or election observation mission.
He said police were under instructions to deal with those defying the directive. [Kepher Otieno]
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