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Police break up civil society demos to 'take back Kenya'

Mr Kiama condemned the police action, saying. "The state purposed to attack its citizens whose only crime was to express their love for the restoration of the Republic to what it ought to be."

By Julius ChemiteiMonday, 12 Dec 2016 15:56 EAT

Police officers confront the protesters on Moi Avenue, near Commerce House. (Photo: Free Press Reporter).

Attempts by a section of civil society organizations to 'take back the country ' from the Jubilee administration bore no success this morning as their demonstration along Nairobi streets was disrupted by the police lobbying teargas canisters at the crowds on their way to gather at the Kenya National Achives open area.

Led by a lobby group that brought together a number of CSOs under the banner #takebackkenya, the protesters started their demo from the iconic Jevanjee Gardens, walked along Moi Avenue to the Tom Mboya monument near the KNA while chanting anti-government slogans. They censured tribalism and the government's failure to cub corruption especially in awarding tenders and jobs in the public sector. However, police officers charged into the crowds before some of them had reached the KNA grounds.

Unlike many previous demonstrations, most participants at today's events were youths in their early twenties. Among the leaders who rose to address them were activists Boniface Mwangi and Edwin Kiama. Mr Kiama condemned the police action, saying. "The state purposed to attack its citizens whose only crime was to express their love for the restoration of the Republic to what it ought to be."

The writer, an experienced journalist, is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press





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