Governors face 6 years imprisonment

A number of Governors could now be jailed for 6 years after it emerged that....

Several politicians, risk being fined up to Sh2 million or serve six years in jail over illegal use of State resources in their campaigns.

According to the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko, 46 governors, 300 MPs and thousands of MCA’s are among those who have failed to declare public resources in their possession over the election period.

This being in contrast to Section 14 of the Election Offences Act that requires all sitting MPs, governors and their deputies and MCAs to declare the facilities or equipment attached to them within 14 days of an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) notice.

The law also states that no government will publish any advertisements of its by way of banners or hoardings in public places during the election period.

Only 12 candidates, including Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o, have complied with the law and supplied their lists by the time the notice lapsed.

“Any other person using State resources other than those registered with the commission are committing offences to which, upon sufficient evidence gathered, should be prosecuted swiftly,” Chebukati informed Tobiko in a letter dated June 21.

In his response letter, Tobiko urged the commission to immediately impound State resources that are unlawfully being used over the campaign period even before investigations are finished.

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