Anti-IEBC demos turn chaotic as protesters loot

NASA supporters led by Siaya Senator James Orengo engaged police in running battles bringing business in the Central business district to a standstill.

Ugly scenes characterized the anti-IEBC demos by NASA as protesters in Kisumu County broke into Tumaini Supermarket and looted goods worth million of shillings.

Kisumu Senator Fred Outa, as well as other elected leaders from the County led hundreds of NASA supporters in the protests, marching to the local IEBC offices chanting anti-IEBC songs.

Police officers kept their cool in what was largely a peaceful protest, only for some supporters to take advantage of their absence to loot business premises.

The rowdy youth barricaded several roads in Kisumu before breaking into Tumaini supermarket. Anti riot police officers were called to restore order where several people were arrested.

In Nairobi police officers had to fire teargas canisters to disperse rowdy NASA supporters after a confrontation with members of the Nairobi Business Community who claimed they were protecting their businesses.

Orengo and other NASA supporters were dispersed as they approached IEBC headquarters, with the Nairobi Business Community members led by Chairman Wilfred Kamau saying they will not allow goons to loot businesses in Nairobi.

Mombasa County was however different with NASA supporters and their leaders holding peaceful protests maintaining that they will only participate in the repeat election if their demands are met.

Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe said business people have complained that the political atmosphere in the build up to the October 26th repeat presidential election is hurting their operations.

Kiraithe said NASA’s mode of politicking has consistently scared investors and led to losses and uncertainty for small business people especially in the informal sector.

Kiraithe said under these economic circumstances, Tuesday’s announcement by NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga for mass action came as a huge disappointment.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed the protests saying they are signs the opposition are not ready for polls.

President Kenyatta said Opposition leader Raila Odinga should quit the race if he is not ready to face him on 26th October adding the protests were hurting the businesses.

“If he (Raila) does not want elections he should relax. We want to have elections peacefully,” said President Kenyatta.

Speaking in Mai Mahiu, President Kenyatta said Jubilee’s focus is to transform the country and unite Kenyans.

He said: “We want Kenyans to be united, we want different communities to live together peacefully”.

The Deputy President asked the opposition coalition to use constitutional means in their quest to remove IEBC officials from office.



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