Nyeri-Nanyuki highway blocked by motorists protesting ‘police harassment’


Nyeri-Nanyuki highway blocked by motorists protesting 'police harassment'
Motorist protest along Nyeri-Nanyuki highway on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. PHOTO| SHARON NKONGE

In Summary

  • Police engaged in running battles with the protesters who were deflating car tyres on highway causing commotion on the road.
  •  The protesters accused Laikipia County Government officials of harassment following the enforcement of the Michuki rules.
  • The move comes after the government announced a crackdown on vehicles which will not comply to the Michuki rules.

Motorists plying the Nyeri-Nanyuki highway were on Tuesday afternoon stranded for hours after the road was blocked by a section of motorists who were protesting over what they termed as police harassment.

Police engaged in running battles with the protesters who were deflating car tyres on the highway causing commotion on the road.

The protesters accused Laikipia County Government officials of harassment following the enforcement of the Michuki rules.

The gridlock affected commuters using that route  forcing them  to look for alternative ways.

“We have taken huge loans in purchasing these vehicles, since the introduction of Michuki rules, we haven’t been operating because we haven’t been able to comply to the rules, and this has been a burden to most of us,”said the motorists.

Some of the motorists pleaded with the government to pardon their vehicles to be allowed back on the road.

The move comes after the government announced a crackdown on vehicles which will not comply to the Michuki rules.

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Story By Sharon Nkonge
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