Nkaissery bans heckling of Uhuru, Raila in rallies
Police will now start arresting Kenyans who heckle candidates addressing political rallies.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery on Tuesday confirmed that action will be taken against those who heckle political candidates in rallies.
The directive comes amid increasing number of viral videos on social media that have captured members of public heckling presidential candidates Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga and other aspiring candidates.
To enforce the directive, the Cabinet Secretary told political candidates to equip their respective campaign teams with recorders to capture members of the public who heckle them.
VIDEO FOOTAGES AND AUDIO CLIPS
The video footages and audio clips of such incidents should then be presented to the ministry for action.
Further, Mr Nkaiserry also warned that those using language deemed as abusive against political candidates in rallies will also be prosecuted.
He made the remarks on Tuesday in Nairobi while addressing a meeting of female candidates in the forthcoming elections.
Mr Nkaissery said security arrangements have been made to secure female candidates in the campaigns.
He also urged political parties to deposit their campaign schedules with the IEBC to avoid possible clashes of opposing political teams.
Such campaign schedules, he said, will also help police plan for security arrangements in the campaign period.