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Street families cash in on elections as politicians hire them to pin posters

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By Judith Gicobi

In the last few days, you may have probably spotted political posters attached to the walls in anticipation of party nominations.

Every election year, this has been the custom: posters everywhere, even in prohibited areas.

According to a local daily, street lads are now making a lot of money by posting posters on walls overnight.

“The street boys are making good money from the agents who pay them to pin the posters on the walls at night,” Joash Wafula, a supermarket security guard around OTC told a local daily.

“It is their time to eat, nowadays they buy a lot of food in the nearby supermarkets. Over the weekend, I saw a group of six street boys were paid Ksh3,000 for the job,” the security guard continued.

Despite a restriction on hanging materials, posters of various politicians are currently adorning a newly erected wall around Muthurwa market.

According to Ann Mwangi, a businesswoman, the street boys are paid between Ksh500 and Ksh1,000 for their services.

The posters are fastened to the walls with a combination of wheat flour and water to keep them from falling off.

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