Strong winds or hooligans? Questions as Raila-Karua campaign billboard is destroyed in Bomet
A billboard bearing the campaigns portraits of Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua has been destroyed in Bomet.
The billboard was torn into shreds on Thursday night. It could not be immediately established whether it was as a result of strong winds or hooliganism.
Of note, however, is that billboards and political campaign posters of other candidates in this perceived stronghold of Azimio's main opponents United Democratic Alliance (UDA) were intact. The party is led by deputy president William Ruto, who is also in the presidential race.
“It is important that the police investigate the circumstances under which the poster was torn only a few hours after it was erected. If it is a case of political intolerance, then action should be taken against the culprits,” Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party’s coordinator in Bomet County is quoted by the 'Nation' as saying. ODM is one of the parties in the Azimio alliance.
“It is important for our people to embrace democracy and allow politicians to compete on marketing their policies to the voters without any fear of intimidation or violence being meted out on them,” he added.
Hellen Taplelei, Wiper Democratic Movement candidate for the Bomet woman representative seat also called for political tolerance during campaigns.
“We should allow all the candidates, in the spirit of democracy, to conduct their campaigns in an environment that is free. Our people have lately shown a lot of political maturity by embracing candidates for the various positions without looking at the party tickets they are flying."
Musa Imamai, Bomet Central sub-county police commander said no complaint has been filed in his office yet regarding the Raila-Karua billboard.
“Even before a complaint is made, we are looking into the matter as it is not clear yet whether strong winds tore the poster apart or it was the work of political players,” Musa told the 'Nation'.
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