November 23rd 2017

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NASA protesters march in 27 towns across Kenya, bring Nairobi business to standstill

The protesters marched from three directions from their central meeting point at Uhuru Park where the coalition's top parliamentary leaders held a meeting to consult on the countrywide demos.

By Jack Otwalanewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 11 Oct 2017 17:00 EAT

NASA members took over most of Nairobi's streets in the first day of demos since Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew their candidatures from the fresh election.

Members of the NASA coalition led a massive protest in Nairobi central business, forcing the closure of businesses in key roads for hours. The protesters, who were peaceful, were teargassed by anti-riot policemen at various stages as they neared the Anniversary Towers, headquarters of the electoral commission IEBC whose key officials they want fired.

The protesters marched from three directions from their central meeting point at Uhuru Park where the coalition's top parliamentary leaders held a meeting to consult on the countrywide demos. Protests were also held in Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru, among other key towns. Local leaders led the demos in those areas.

Thousands of protestors marched in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu among other big towns. Coalition leaders James Orengo and Johnstone Muthama led the demos in Nairobi which began at Uhuru Park and spread in theree directions before converging at University Way near the Central Police Station.

The whole of Moi Avenue was closed by human traffic in early afternoon after motorists stood on the way to avoid the stretch that meets University Way. Haile Salessie Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue and Muindi Mbingu Street were also affected.


The protesters march passed the Central Police Station.

Along the way, members of Bunge La Wananchi (The People's Parliament) addressed the protesters who blew whistles, horns, and played NASA praise songs on car music systems. The coalition's leaders took the same path through Kenyatta Avenue.


The demonstrators snaking their way through Haile Salessie Avenue.

The rallies in Kisumu were led by Governor Anyang Nyongo and the Mombasa one by Governor Hassan Joho, who attended the Nairobi rallies, according to a NASA official who briefed this newspaper.

Reports from Kisumu indicated that dozens of protesters were nursing gunshot wounds at the main referral hospital in the town, and several were in critical condition. Officers opened live fire on protesters in the Kondele area, according to the reports, after one officer was injured in a confrontation with the crowds.

Protests were held 27 towns in total, including Kisii, Busia, Homa bay, Kakamega, Bungoma, Kitale, Machakos, Makindu, Voi and Lamu, among other towns.

Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press





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