Isiolo security team bans night campaign road shows

Wednesday May 17 2017

Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya speaks to journalists at a past event. He has announced that no campaign road shows will be allowed in the county at night. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya speaks to journalists at a past event. He has announced that no campaign road shows will be allowed in the county at night. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By VIVIAN JEBET
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The Isiolo County security team has banned elections campaigns road shows ahead of the August 8 poll.

Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya announced this Wednesday during a stakeholders meeting aimed at deliberating on election preparedness.

He said the road show trucks popularly referred to as ‘banjukas’ are a nuisance to locals, especially in Isiolo Town.

The security team has partnered with NGOs, community-based organisations (CBOs), the county government and religious leaders from the region to ensure there is peace throughout the campaign period.

ARREST OFFENDERS

He said top security officials, in partnership with the National Environment Management Authority (Nema), are under strict instructions to arrest those who conduct such illegal activities or play loud music past 6pm.

The team has come up with the main areas of focus during the general elections, among them peace and security, humanitarian strategies and early warnings especially in hotspots.

“We are being lenient with politicians (by allowing them) to campaign during daytime despite the fact that the campaign period is not officially on,” Mr Natembeya said.

About 100 candidates for various political seats will attend a county peace forum later this month.

The forum seeks to promote peaceful elections.