Woman Rep aspirant cries foul after campaign posters destroyed

The Kitui Women Representative hopeful, Jane Kibati has hit out at her opponents for allegedly orchestrating destruction of her campaign posters and banners in the county.

In a phone interview with KNA on Wednesdday, Kibati claimed her rivals were behind the tearing down of the campaign materials but vowed to stay put despite the political frustrations.

I have learnt with displeasure that suspected political hirelings have been going around tearing down my posters besides overlaying others with those of my opponents, said an incensed Kibati.

She added; Let my challengers know that I won’t stoop to their level and engage in such dated political tactics. I challenge them to compete with me on matters manifesto and policies as opposed to dirty politics.

While calling for peaceful campaigns and tolerance in the countdown to next week’s national polls, the politician warned that she might be prompted to report the electoral offence to the police unless the political mischief stops forthwith.

Kibati, who is vying as an independent candidate after she lost the Wiper Party nomination to former University of Nairobi’s Maths lecturer, Dr. Irene Kasalu, is facing fierce rivalry from the latter who enjoys Kalonzo Musyoka’s backing in the Wiper turf.

She is also set to battle it out with Nelly Mwanzia of Maendeleo Chap Chap Party as well as Jubilee Party’s Sofia Khamisi. Kibati has made a comeback after she unsuccessfully vied for the seat against incumbent, Nyiva Mwendwa in the 2013 General Election.

The seat is up for grabs after Mwendwa early last year announced that she will not defend the seat for a second term in a row following her resolve to exit active politics after decades of public service.

Meanwhile, Kitui County Commissioner (CC), Boaz Cherutich affirmed that the security apparatus across the county are ready to man all polling stations besides ensuring safety of the residents as they cast their votes on Tuesday next week.

All is set to guarantee the people of Kitui lawfulness and calm as they join other Kenyans in electing their leaders on August 8.

Nobody should shy away from the exercise for fear of possible cases of political violence because we are prepared to ensure peace and order before, during and after the elections, he assured.

Cherutich, however, warned all aspirants against inciting their supporters into violence against rivals, adding that those found sowing seeds of discord amongst the residents will face the full force of the law.

Source: Kenya News Agency