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September 21, 2018

Politicians stop defacing property!

As time runs out for various party nominations on Thursday, aspirants drawn to those parties have no other options other than to plaster their posters at this tower clock along Kenyatta avenue in Kakamega to display their manifestos. Photo/SAMUEL SIMITI
As time runs out for various party nominations on Thursday, aspirants drawn to those parties have no other options other than to plaster their posters at this tower clock along Kenyatta avenue in Kakamega to display their manifestos. Photo/SAMUEL SIMITI

It’s election year again and as always the country goes a bit ga-ga and everyone seems to be vying for some sort of political position. With the new set of civic leaders coming in, we are seeing a lot more campaigning this time than ever before. Either that or I’ve just crawled out from under a rock.

Every other person I seem to meet is talking politics and vying for some sort of seat. Actually that’s a huge exaggeration but you know what I mean. Even social media has been flooded with political talk, whether poking fun or talking about the serious stuff.

In all this, as I drive to and fro my usual daily destinations I’ve started noticing all sorts of campaign posters plastered all over the place with mug shots that scare the living daylights out of me.

Why can’t some of these political aspirants perhaps smile a little bit when getting these mug shots done? Honestly speaking I’d be more likely to vote for someone who smiles rather than glares at me from a poster.

Which brings me to the next thing. I will NOT vote for any political aspirant who has his or her posters plastered on public property. Along Limuru Road I’ve noticed that even some trees have not been spared and I’ve been taking note of who not to vote for.

I’m serious about this. If you show such disrespect for public property even before you are voted into office, what type of expectations am I to have of you by the time you do manage to get into office?

 Sorry but I don’t want to be blamed for voting in a person who doesn’t have basic value for things that do not belong to them. I teach my kids to respect property, whether at home, school or anywhere else. If my kids can adhere to such basic and simple rules in life, why can’t these grown people whom we are about to entrust our country with?

Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t it unlawful to deface public property? How come no one seems to be bothered to correct this crime? Is anyone arrested for sticking up these posters all over the place?

While I realise the importance of awareness for your cause and your political party through posters and other means of advertising, I am not fully in agreement with you defacing property that I know I own as a taxpayer. It doesn’t give you the right to start sticking your posters on every single empty space you find anywhere and everywhere.

If you go through the correct means of creating awareness about you and your values as a political aspirant, I will pay more attention to you and be more likely to remember your name while in that booth in March just because you didn’t destroy anything in the process of getting where you want to. In short, stop defacing public property and concentrate on making a difference with the small things that do matter to people like me.

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