With the official campaign having kicked in, candidates have put up billboards all over the country as a way of marketing themselves to the electorates
According to section 13(L) of the Elections Offenses Act No 37 of 2016 and Elections Code of Conduct it is an election offense for one to deface or destroy the campaign and promotional materials of an opponent.
According to the Act, any candidates found to have participated or facilitated someone to commit the offense might be barred from running for an electoral office.
Recently, Kenya Kwanza alliance politicians claimed the billboard bearing the image of their presidential flag bearer William Ruto was destroyed in Kisumu, which is the political stronghold of his main competitor.
Now, reports have emerged that a billboard bearing the image of Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua was destroyed in Bomet County.
“On instructions of MP Belgut Nelson Koech and MCA kapsoit Paul Tarimbo… But never mind, the billboard shall be up again. We are undeterred. We are Azimio and that will never change.” Etale alleged.
Some social media users also criticised those behind the vandalism saying it can be a recipe for violence bearing in mind that both Ruto and Raila are the frontrunners in the upcoming August polls.
“This political intolerance and archaic behavior must stop! RAOKA billboard in Bomet has been vandalized by Ruto’s supporters.” Duncan Makori a random Twitter user said.
The vandalism of Raila’s Billboard come days after William Ruto’s allies shared photos of a vandalized billboard bearing the image of the United Democratic Alliance presidential flag bearer in Kisumu.
“So in the name of securing Raila Odinga’s votes, they have brought down William Ruto billboard in Kisumu. Political Intolerance!” Emmanuel Talam, an aide to Ruto said on Twitter.