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KES150, 000 fine for misusing governor’s portrait

22 January 2015, 08:36 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga County residents will have to seek approval from the county's officers before using Governor Moses Akaranga's portraits.

Those who have printed posters of the governor and used them in public places will now be required to get the new portrait as any use of such unapproved posters is illegal.

Further the new portrait will be placed alongside that of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the county's offices and other public places.

The Vihiga County Flag and other Symbols Act No. 05 of 2014, which was signed into law late last year stipulates a fine of up to KES150, 000 for offenders found misusing the governor's portrait or the county flag.

Businessmen and other persons holding offices will have to purchase an approved version of the governor's portrait ranging from the sizes available with the smallest costing KES 1000 to the largest costing KES 2000.

"The Act has provisions on use of the county flag and governor's portrait. The county flag will be flown only by the governor, deputy governor and speaker of the county assembly," county legal advisor Aggrey Musiega said.

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He said that county ministers will not have the privilege to fly the county flag as was expected from various quarters.

Musiega noted that the county seal and court of arms had also been approved and that they will be put in use soonest possible.

"After a thorough public participation, the various committees formulated by the executive arm of the county government and the legislature side, approved the flag, court of arms and the county seal," he said.

Musiega said that the symbols have been forwarded to the national government for approval and certification that the flag is not violating any other available symbols before it is finally flown by the county officers.

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