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Friday, August 18, 2017

Rein in politicians campaigning at night, Kidero asks IEBC

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero addresses a rally at Makongeni grounds, June 18, 2017. /JULIUS OTIENO
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero addresses a rally at Makongeni grounds, June 18, 2017. /JULIUS OTIENO

Governor Evans Kidero has asked IEBC to punish Nairobi politicians campaigning after 6pm.

Some politicians are reportedly burning the midnight oil, mobilising supporters and strategising ahead of the election on August 8.

"The law is very clear. Those campaigning at night should face the consequences," Kidero said on Sunday and accused the IEBC of applying double standards in executing laws guiding the poll.

Kidero said the high stakes in the election are not reason enough for politicians to break the law.

The race for Nairobi governor is shaping up as a contest between the incumbent and Senator Mike Sonko (Jubilee Party). Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth is also in the race and is vying as an independent candidate.

The Governor appealed to residents to re-elect him saying he is the right person and can be trusted with the future of Nairobians.

"Wakati wa Christmas, nyinyi huenda ushago. Saa zingine mnaachia jirani watoto wenu. Sasa, assume mimi na wale wengine we are your neigbours, who would you trust with your child [sic]?" he asked during a rally in Makadara.

This loosely translates to: "During Christmas, you go to the villages and sometimes leave your children with your neighbours. Assume the other contestants and I are your neighbours...who would you trust with your child)

Kidero continued: "Obviously you will trust me because the other people...you know how they are. Utapata mtoto wako na Muguka and pombe chini ya kitanda (You will find your child hiding miraa and alcohol under the bed)."

Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke, woman representative aspirant Esther Passaris, Senator hopeful Edwin Sifuna, branch ODM chairman and Makadara MP aspirant George Aladwa and several aspirants accompanied Kidero.

The team visited Viwandani, Harambee, Hamza, Mutindawa and Buru Buru in Eastlands before holding a rally at Makongeni grounds.

Aladwa dared the Jubilee administration to arrest NASA leader Raila Odinga over claims he incited Kenyans.

"Who, in his right mind can dare arrest Raila if indeed we want peaceful elections?" he posed. "We are warning Jubilee...Raila is not their match. Let them arrest Raila...we will all go to the streets."

The politician accused Jubilee leaders of fanning violence through speeches in which he said they spread propaganda about Raila.

The Opposition chief is NASA's flag bearer for the presidential race. He will face President Uhuru Kenyatta and six other candidates.

"Their continued attacks and lack of respect for our party leader should end. We are telling them to be very careful about what they say."

On Sunday, a section of ODM legislators also dared the government to arrest the ODM leader.

They included Senators James Orengo (Siaya), Moses Kajwang’ (Homa Bay) and MPs Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay woman MP) and Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town).

Read: ODM leaders dare Jubilee to arrest Raila over alleged incitement

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