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IEBC fines Makadara aspirant Sh250,000 for using Uhuru pictures

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has fined an independent candidate for the Makadara parliamentary seat Sh250, 000 for using Jubilee Party colours and images of President Uhuru Kenyatta in his campaign materials.

Mr Robert Momanyi, flying the Empowerment and Liberation Party flag, was asked to pay the fine in 48 hours, remove all the materials bearing images of President Kenyatta as well as those with Jubilee Party colours, or risk disqualification from the race.

A Mr Fredrick Hussein had argued that the actions by Mr Momanyi had prejudiced the Jubilee Party candidate Mr Benson Kangara.

Meanwhile, Migori Governor Okoth Obado accused his rival running on an independent ticket, Mr Ochillo Ayacko, of allowing his supporters to mete out violence on his supporters.

“Please help tell my opponent to tell his supporters to stop harassing, beating and intimidating my supporters. He is not only defacing and tearing my posters, he is also superimposing his on top of mine,” Governor Obado told the IEBC.


He went on: “He is using ODM party colours despite being an independent candidate. His supporters have in some occasion undressed women wearing my t-shirts and made them walk home bare chested.”

But in his defence, Mr Ayacko termed as fabricated the evidence against him, saying he had no banner with ODM colours, and that he was, indeed, the victim of violence and not the perpetrator.

“How is a humble Ochillo who lives in Awendo be responsible for violence in Suna East?” asked Mr Ayacko, who lost the ODM nominations and is now running as independent.

At the same time, Meru Woman Representative Florence Kajuju wants a media house in the county- Baite TV– barred from broadcasting anything concerning her until after the election.

Ms Kajuju argues that the Jubilee Party candidate Kawira Mwangaza, whom she said was associated with the TV station, was using the media house to discredit her campaign.

“Ms Mwangaza has close and deep associations with Baite TV and indeed the broadcasting house of the media house is the same place the respondent lives with her husband, who is the lead broadcaster,” said lawyer Kibe Mungai for Ms Kajuju.

But Ms Mwangaza, through her lawyers, argued that she was not a director nor a shareholder of the media house and therefore could not be asked to take blame for the activities of the media house.