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Nyong’o criticized over ban on political rallies in Kisumu CBD

 

Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o has come under sharp criticism over measures to bar candidates from holding political rallies within Kisumu City Central Business District (CBD).

 

The move which also bars candidates from hoisting billboards and posters within the CBD has sparked public outcry after the governor planted his posters along major streets in the city.

 

Former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma accused Nyong’o of unfair treatment terming the ban as political and a ploy to gain an upper hand over the other candidates in the race.

 

Ranguma who is seeking to recapture the seat he lost to Nyong’o on a Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG) ticket said the move was draconian and illegal.

 

“When you see a candidate coming up with such measures, it means that he has sensed defeat and is doing everything possible to try and curtail others,” he said.

 

Ranguma said it was wrong and unfair for Nyong’o to bar other candidates from the vote rich CBD and still go ahead to erect his billboards and posters in the area.

 

 

He asked the governor to be tolerant and considerate of other candidates to avoid unnecessary confrontation as the election date draws near.

 

All candidates, he said, must be allowed to move freely across the county to seek votes from the electorate.

 

“If a candidate feels that it is within the CBD where his or her votes are, that candidate must be allowed to campaign there as long as it is within the campaign schedule submitted to the IEBC,” he said.

 

He asked the IEBC to take up the matter to ensure that there is a level playing ground as campaigns for the August 9th general elections reach homestretch.

 

Meanwhile, Kisumu City Manager Abala Wanga has defended the move saying it targets to protect the city’s aesthetics.

 

The county government, he maintained, has spent millions of shillings to beautify the city adding that if political rallies are allowed in the area the infrastructure shall be destroyed.

 

Source:KNA

 

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