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City Hall warns politicians over posters, billboards

Nairobi County government will surcharge politicians directly if outdoor advertising companies default on payments for political adverts, a senior City Hall official has warned.

Aspirants who are putting up banners in areas not recommended blocking highways and putting posters all over the streets and buildings will also face the wrath of the City Hall laws, according to chief officer sub-county administration John Ntoiti.

Speaking at City Hall on Wednesday, Dr Ntoiti said they have warned the owners of billboards who put up the advertisement without payment that they will charge their clients directly.

The warning comes at a time when aspirants have put up billboards and posters in the run up to  the general election.

Dr Ntoiti said that aspirants that have contracted outdoor advertisers they should ensure companies have remitted the monthly fee to City Hall or they will be charged directly.

“It is a campaign season and everybody wants to appear in billboards. Just ensure that they are paid for because we will be looking for the aspirants to charge them if these companies fail to pay,” said Dr Ntoiti.

A mega Jubilee Party billboard. PHOTO | FILE
A mega Jubilee Party billboard. PHOTO | FILE

CLEAN RECORDS

He called upon the politicians to ensure that the outdoor advertising companies have clean records at City Hall before they engage their services.

Dr Ntoiti noted  that most of the politicians have complied by ensuring their billboards are paid for and posters have been approved by the county.

The county has also called upon the aspirants to ensure the posters and fliers are stamped after approval before putting them up in areas designated and showed by ward administrators.

All posters are supposed to be stamped and failure to comply attracts a fine of Sh 100,000 or six months in prison.

Dr Ntoiti, however, warned aspirants against overprinting the posters after approval.

“Some come for approval of 500 posters which we stamp but once they go out there they print more and that way we lose revenue as a government,”said Dr Ntoiti.