The Star (Nairobi)

9 January 2013

Kenya: We Have No Control On Poll Posters - Tubman

MOMBASA town clerk Tubman Otieno has said the council is not to blame for the campaign posters stuck everywhere in the central business district and on the residential houses at Old Mombasa town.

He says the owners of the buildings should hold responsible the aspirants using their walls to plaster their campaign posters.The posters have become an eyesore in the town.

"We cannot monitor politicians whose agents go sticking posters everywhere in town." said Tubman. "The landlords should take issue with the aspirants."

He said people whose buildings have been defaced by the posters should the politicians. Tubman said the council is only responsible for issuing permits for advertisements.

Speaking to journalist in his office, Tubman said the council will not force the politicians to remove their posters because the council's mandate is to remain non-partisan in political issues.

"Different aspirants advertising using posters on the buildings should be in agreement with the owners as the council will not interfere with such agreements," said Tubman.

The town clerk said he cannot stop the aspirants from putting posters in the town because the council is getting revenue from the advertisements. "We are using the revenue to run our operations."

Tubman said this is the electioneering period and you cannot stop the aspirants from selling themselves through the use of posters.

"The council does not have a problem with this and as long as the aspirants comply with our regulations and remit the payments promptly, we cannot dictate to them where to plaster their posters," said the town clerk.

Where they stick the posters is an individual's preference in agreement with the building owners'.Tubman said the council has so far received Sh144 million from the adverts.

"Council has received and in December alone we collected Sh800,000 which acts as a revenue to the council," said Tubman.

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