Scores injured as police interrupt CORD protests in the city

Scores injured as police interrupt CORD protests in the city

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CORD demonstrations in Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Anti-IEBC demonstration along university way to eject IEBC commissioners was interrupted  when police lobbed teargas at the  crowd which was being addressed by Cord principals.

Drama started when Siaya senator James Orengo started addressing the crowd when there was an interruption  by teargas canisters,even before CORD leader Raila Odinga, his co-principals Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka addressed the supporters.

These led angry protesters to throw  stones and the meeting was thrown  into disarray  causing the leaders and their supporters to flee.

They then pursued some of the supporters, beating them up leaving most of them with injuries.

Earlier Business in the CBD was interrupted for a while after legislators  Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang, Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi and Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo, led the protesters in a procession from Uhuru Park, through Haile Selassie Avenue and Moi Avenue.

At  Kenyatta Avenue roundabout  they were joined by CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka, Siaya Senator James Orengo, his Machakos counterpart Johnson Muthama and KANU Secretary General Nick Salat.

The team then proceeded to University Way through Moi Avenue before assembling at University Way.

Demonstration took another twist when anti CORD demonstrators emerged and led their demonstration along University way only to be dispesed by police who lobbed canisters at  them

The demonstrators told Baraka FM that they were forced to hold anti CORD demonstration after accusing CORD protesters  of looting their businesses in the CBD.

Earlier police said that  they could not allow CORD supporters to get  demonstrate to Anniversary to Anniversary Towers following  information they were armed others with stones.

Unconfirmed report that Odinga’s carwas hit and is not yet clear whether it was hit by a bullet or stones .
Reports indicate that demonstrations rocked other towns including Machakos while Kisumu and Kisii there were running battles between the police and protesters where some were injured.