14 February 2013

Kenya: Governor Candidate in Nyeri Fears for Life

A candidate for Nyeri governor yesterday said his life is in danger. Wahome Gakuru said people who have been destroying his billboards may be after his life.

" I am no longer safe in Nyeri. If they are destroying my billboards worth a million shilling, how about me? Something needs to be done," he said.

The candidate was speaking after he stormed the electoral commission offices protesting over the destruction of his billboards. He said he decided to go to IEBC offices in Nyeri town because election officials had done nothing after he reported that his rivals had disfigured his posters.

Accompanied by his supporters, Gakuru stormed the offices saying that the officials have not been of much help despite regular reports that his political rivals have been destroying his bill boards.

Gakuru, who was with his supporters, said three billboards worth about Sh 1million have been destroyed. The posters destroyed were in Kiganjo, Nyeri town and Karatina town.

On Tuesday night, a man was arrested by police in Karatina while trying to destroy Gakuru. A knife and a climbing ladder was recovered. He was later charged in a Karatina court.

"This is a political thuggery and every time I inform the IEBC, they do nothing. Only police are cooperating. We are demanding service in this office," Gakuru said.

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