Mombasa court dismisses billboard case against Hezron Awiti

Nyali MP Hezron Awiti PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa,KENYA:A court in Mombasa has dismissed a case against Mombasa gubernatorial candidate on a Vibrant democratic party ticket Hezron Awiti where he was supposed to be charged over unlawful erection of billboards and attempting to erect a billboard without a legal permit.

Mombasa principal Magistrate Charles Ndegwa  heeded to a plea by the Director of Public prosecutions Alexander Muteti to dismiss the case over lack of grounds to charge Awiti.

Muteti also said that the accused had not been given an opportunity to record a statement over the charges.

Earlier in the week the court had summoned Awiti to answer to charges of Unlawful erection of billboards and  attempting to erect a billboard without a permit.

This was after his supporters who were attempting to erect his billboard at the Buxton roundabout clashed with county inspectorate officers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Several aspirants in Mombasa county had earlier accused the county government of sabotaging their billboards in the county and threatening advertising companies with sanctions should they accept business from them allegations that the county government denied.

Addressing journalists outside the court after the case was dismissed , Awiti who had been accompanied to court by his supporters who include Nyali legislative aspirant on a VDP Party ticket Millicent Adhiambo urged the court to allow him place his billboards in the county.