Police crack down on Kenya protesters

Kenya – Police have been using water canon and tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital Nairobi.

The nationwide protests have been planned by opposition leader Raila Odinga over his claim – without evidence – that the last election was stolen. He also accuses the government of failing to address the high cost of living.

In Kibera slums, where Odinga draws fanatical support, the police clashed with protesters.

Businesses closed

Business closed in Nairobi city centre as Kenyan riot police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.

There are running battles on the main Kenyatta Avenue between police and demonstrators, some of whom are throwing stones at the security officers.

Businesses have closed as uncertainty reigns in the capital city.

Opposition leaders arrested

Police arrested opposition leaders for taking part in the protests.

Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo together with MPs Amina Mnyazi, Opiyo Wandayi and Ken Chonga are being held in custody, local media report.

“They have arrested the minority leaders in both houses of parliament and a number of other leaders,” tweeted Senator Edwin Sifuna.

Kenyans are suffering from surging prices for basic necessities, as well as a sharp drop in the local shilling against the US dollar and a record drought that has left millions hungry.


Source: BBC