Anti-corruption demos end in chaos

Anti-corruption demos end in chaos

A demonstration by civil rights activists ended in chaos after police hurled tear-gas canisters to disperse the crowd that had assembled at Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park calling for President Kenyatta to act on corruption or resign on Thursday, November 3.

The protests were led by several civil rights groups including Pawa 254 founder Boniface Mwangi, Ekuru Aukoth of the Third Way Alliance and Student Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) leader Babu Owino, Haki Centre, Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) , Maskani ya Taifa, and TI-Kenya.

“We are telling President Kenyatta to resign and save Kenyans from corruption. All young people should know they are the leaders of today. If they continue sitting on the fence, Kenya will be no more. Uhuru must resign,” said Ekuru Aukot of the Third Wheel Alliance.

“We are here because we are tired of corruption. We are telling the president that we have the solution for him. We are going to march with this petition to State House and present it to him,” said activist Boniface Mwangi to a charged crowd.

The protestors planned to march from Uhuru Park to State House and present a petition with a list of demands for President Kenyatta to act upon concerning corruption. This followed after the president seemingly resigned himself to the menace of corruption, saying that there was nothing he could do.

Matters take a turn for the worst

Marked with mimicry of jail cells and prisoners, the protests had hardly started before they ended.

However, matters took a turn for the worst after the police and the journalists were involved in an altercation, with the journalists accusing the police of assaulting them.

A war of words ensued between the journalists and the police with the police declining to address the issue.

Another claimant, purporting to be a freelance journalist based at parliament, Derrick Davis, said the police had used live bullets, with one of them grazing his finger.

The protests which started on Wednesday, November 2 are expected to continue until Friday, November 4 with the activists bent on delivering its petition to the president.20161103_115317120161103_1157291

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