Uproar as NCIC Lists Uasin Gishu among Counties Most Likely To Experience Election-Related Violence


A section of political leaders in Uasin Gishu has hit out at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) following its latest study that listed the county among those with a high likelihood of experiencing election-related violence.

The study categorized the potential for violence into three classifications, high risk (71 percent and above), medium high risk (54-70 percent), medium-low risk (35-53 percent), and low risk (0-34 percent).

Six counties had a high likelihood of experiencing election-related violence.

They include Nairobi (79.85), Nakuru (75.77), Kericho (74.81), Kisumu (72.46), Uasin Gishu (72.25), and Mombasa (71.15).

Counties with a high risk of experiencing election-related violence as per the NCIC survey

But according to Uasin Gishu leaders, the county had long moved away from being a violence hotspot.

Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno says having had a peaceful election in the 2013 and 2017 general elections, it was wrong for NCIC to list the county among the high risk, in terms of election-related violence.

I was shocked when I saw NCIC list us as hotspot yet they were here and after speaking to local leaders and members of the public, they agreed with us that this was a peaceful county,” Chemno said at the Huruma Grounds during the Madaraka Day celebrations.

Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno at a past event.

The deputy county boss claims the latest report might have been pushed by individuals out to get government funding in the name of monitoring Uasin Gishu.

It looks like there are people who want to get money, and the only way is for them to say these, and these regions are hotspots so that they have a budget for monitoring them,” Chemno said.

Similar sentiments were shared by the Uasin Gishu County Woman Member of Parliament Gladys Boss Shollei.

Shollei who spoke to the media after she was cleared to seek re-election in the upcoming poll noted that the county is the calmest it has ever been.

Uasin Gishu County Woman MP after she was cleared by IEBC to vie in the August 9 poll

Uasin Gishu is not a hotspot and those predictions that there might be violence is untrue. I don’t know what facts they based it on, but we refuse to be drawn into that,” said the County Woman MP seeking re-election on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.

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