Gubernatorial candidates decry over defaced posters as campaigns intensify
Destruction of campaign posters has taken centre stage in Mombasa County as the country hurtles towards the August 8 general elections.
Three Mombasa Gubernatorial candidates have expressed concern that their campaign posters were being defaced and shredded in a well ‘orchestrated operation’.
Nyali MP and Gubernatorial candidate on a Vibrant Democratic Party (VDP) ticket Hezron Awiti, Mombasa Senator and Gubernatorial candidate on a Wiper ticket Hassan Omar and businessman Suleiman Shahbal of Jubilee have separately called for a stop to the trend.
They said on Saturday that their campaign posters, banners and bill boards were being ruined at night and called on the authorities to investigate the matter.
They accused their opponents’ supporters of being behind the continuous destruction of their campaign posters and uprooting of sign boards.
The trio and Governor Hassan Joho are set for a titanic battle for Mombasa governorship in next month’s polls.
“I want to tell those defacing my campaign posters that their actions will not deter us from canvassing for votes,” said Awiti in an interview.
Mr. Awiti said his campaign team has been disgusted by the orchestrated attack and reported the incidents to the police on Friday.
Mr. Shahbal on his part said he believes the destructive moves by his opponents are a ‘desperate strategy’ to intimidate him and by extension the Jubilee party supporters in the county.
“The electorates are witnessing all the drama around campaign billboards and I believe they will vote for me massively to change the fortunes of the county,” said Shahbal.
“We want to run a respectful and fair campaign and destruction of campaign posters is unacceptable in this day and age,” said senator Omar.
Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa has sent a stern warning and advised the youth against destroying and defacing posters belonging to political parties and their candidates.
He said those responsible for defacing the electoral posters could find themselves in trouble with the police as they would be hunted down and dealt with.