The warning comes barely days after irate youths destroyed United Democratic Alliance (UDA)-branded wheelbarrows that had been erected at Chepareria township in West Pokot County.
Speaking on Tuesday, January 11, the outspoken governor said erecting party symbols in his county would not only promote early campaigns but also put the country into a political mood ahead of the August 9, General Election.
He said those erecting branded wheelbarrows and other party symbols are wrong because the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has not given the nod for the official campaigns to start in the country.
“The day to erect these things is yet to be made legal. And that is why the people of UDA are scared and wondering what is going on. They have been told to wait until IEBC announces the official campaign dates,” Lunyagauo said.
The Kenya Union Party (KUP) leader said West Pokot is the home of the Azimio la Umoja and warned the UDA brigade against outshining his political outfit.
He called on politicians to shun early campaigns in the country and stop putting the nation into the political mood with seven months to the polls.
On Friday, January 7, a section of rowdy youths pulled down the wheelbarrows that were erected at the township saying the region is the home ground of the newly formed KUP which is led by area Governor John Lonyangapuo.
“This is not a UDA zone. We don’t recognize their leadership, and they should respect us since we have decided to support KUP for the future,” the youths shouted as they burned the wheelbarrows.
They further warned the UDA party against re-erecting other wheelbarrows in the area henceforth.