Marwa takes on Joho over campaign billboards

Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa has accused Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho of blocking his opponents from erecting their campaign billboards in the county.

Mr Marwa said every candidate in the county had a right to put his billboard.

“We want to see billboards of every candidate even those of MCAs. Why Joho’s alone? Is he god? If you are a candidate go and put your billboard

He (Mr Joho) has competitors and he does not want them to put their billboards. He thinks the billboards are the ones which will give him votes?” said Mr Marwa.

Addressing journalists during an impromptu visit at the Mtongwe Channel, Mr Marwa further accused the police of protecting Mr Joho to continue operating with impunity.


This comes as some gubernatorial candidates in the county protested over an “order” said to have been issued by Mr Joho prohibiting erection of their billboards in the county.

Suleiman Shahbal (Jubilee Party), Hassan Omar (Wiper Party) and Hezron Awiti (Vibrant Democratic Party) claimed that the advertisers were under instructions not allow them to put their billboards.

On Wednesday, however, Mr Awiti supporters went ahead and forcefully started putting up structures to allow them erect their boards.

His plans were cut short after a Mombasa court summoned him for putting up the structure without following the stipulated laws of the county.

He is expected to appear in court on Friday.


At the same, the tough talking administrator claimed the Mombasa municipal court saying it has been turned into “a kangaroo court” used to harass Kenyans.

He claimed that some youths were being arrested and harassed at the court “for no valid reasons”.

“We have security officers who are also being used to perpetuate some kind of injustices. We should not allow this,” said Mr Marwa.

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