In Summary

  • Kenyans shun away  Nairobi CBD.
  • Business premises remains shut in the capital.

Kenyans have today shun Nairobi Central Business District and other commercial places including city markets as Azimio Protest day 1 kicks off.

In the CBD majority of streets like Tom Mboya,Kenyatta Avenue, Moi Avenue and Haile Selassie Avenue remains deserted with several business premises closed.

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“Mimi ni mtu wa boda na vile unaona hakuna wasee tao juu Kila mtu ameogopa hatujui kunawezatokea nini so hiyo panic mode ni noma na imefanya watu wengi kukaa home.” Swaka bodaboda operator CBD said.

“Njonjo hapa trader wa simu leo sijafungua na pima radar kwa Sababu joo watu hawako na pia ni tension watu wamehofia looting. Sisi kama traders appeal yetu Bado ni Moja tuwe na amani Baba na rais wetu wakae chini sisi turudi kwa maisha yetu ya kawaida …. maandamano ni poa Iko kwa Sheria lakini sio suluhisho juu tunapoteza sana wakati na hizi protest.” Njonjo said.

Security in the CBD

Meanwhile while security have been beefed up in the CBD ,state house road and all entries to city center.

Officers from general service unit and plain clothes sleuths are among officers manning CBD.

According to Interior  cabinet secretary Kithure Kindiki they are on high alert to deal with criminal elements within demonstrators.

“Those who doubt the Government’s resolve to prevent further loss of life, injury, destruction of private and public property, and degeneration of the Country into anarchy have a date with law enforcement agencies tomorrow, Thursday, Friday or any other day.There have been media and public reports that the same organizers and architects of last week’s violence, which resulted in death and injury of innocent Kenyans, massive plunder of private property, arson on Government buildings and disruption of businesses, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. They have also threatened to turn the wave of violence into a weekly and perhaps a daily affair,” said Kindiki.

By Allan Otieno

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