Kenya protests: Raila Odinga's convoy tear-gassed in Nairobi

Published March 22, 2023
Kenya protests: Raila Odinga's convoy tear-gassed in Nairobi

 As the opposition leader Raila Odinga led the largest protest against President William Ruto's government since it took office, Kenyan police have tear-gassed his convoy in Nairobi, the capital.

A university student was reportedly shot to death in Kisumu as a result of the protests, which have also spread to other cities.

Mr. Odinga says that the government is "illegitimate" and doesn't do anything about the high cost of living.

The claims have been rejected by Mr. Ruto.

Kenya's most noteworthy court maintained his triumph in last year's political decision, yet Mr Odinga demands that the political decision was "taken".

He has promised to organize weekly protests against the government and has been driving through Nairobi's residential suburbs to gather support.

Fears of robbery have forced many businesses in the city to close. In the capital, at least one person has reportedly been shot.

On the main Kenyatta Avenue, police and demonstrators have been engaged in running battles, with some of the demonstrators hurling stones at the security guards.

The president's official residence has been closed off and roads to important government buildings have been blocked.

Protesters were confronted by riot police in the western city of Kisumu, where Mr. Odinga has a fervent following.

Kenyan media report that the university student was fatally shot in the neck by police in the Maseno neighborhood of the city.

According to the police, demonstrators threw stones, injuring six officers, which prompted security personnel to fire live rounds.

Police used tear gas on Mr. Odinga's convoy as he left a hotel after speaking to the media. The procession included hundreds of his backers.

Mr. Odinga's adviser later tweeted that the opposition leader's car had been shot at.

Prof. Makau Mutua stated, "Our windscreen has been severely damaged." He did not provide any additional information, and the precise location of the alleged incident is unknown.

The opposition had previously been warned that any gathering would be illegal and that police had denied permission for the protest.

The government, according to Mr. Ruto, would not tolerate "impunity."

"We have a capable government in office who have a sacred obligation to safeguard life and property. "We have to run a country," he stated.

The poor neighborhood of Kibera in Nairobi, which has a long history of supporting the opposition, has seen some of the bloodiest scenes.

In another part of Nairobi, 21-year-old Charles Oduor told the AFP news agency, "We came here peacefully, but they tear-gassed us."

"Every day, they lie to us. Where is the promised inexpensive maize flour? Where are the youth-oriented jobs that were promised? They only employ their friends."

Local bus operators appear to be fleeing their transportation hub in central Nairobi, according to footage shared by Kenya's Standard newspaper earlier on Monday.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), South Africa's second-largest opposition party, also staged nationwide demonstrations to demand President Cyril Ramaphosa resign over the country's deteriorating economy, power outages, and widespread corruption.

In the capital, Pretoria, several thousand people marched to his official residence.

Julius Malema, the leader of the EFF, stated, "Our demands are simple; we want Ramaphosa to leave this house."

More than 3,000 troops were said to have been authorized by the government to help police keep order, and 85 people had been arrested.

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