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Police Lob Teargas On Scrap Metal Demonstrators


Police were today forced to lobbed teargas canisters on the demonstrators protesting the ban of scrap metal.

The peaceful demonstrations by the Kenya Iron and Scrap Metal Association (KISMA) turned chaotic when the agitated protesters became impatient with their officials who were meeting government officials.

Former Embakasi MP Irshad Sumra who is also the Secretary General of the Kenya Iron and Scrap Metals Association described the incident as unfortunate.

“It is very unfortunate that the demonstrators turned rowdy, the minister has received our petition and through the protocol it will reach the president,” Sumra said.

The petition presented by Sumra to the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has given the government 30 days to lift the ban and also register the unregistered dealers.


The petitioners have also promised to weed out unregistered dealers participating in vandalism.

Kenneth Mutisya a scrap metal dealer says that life has become unbearable since President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed the ban.

Mutisya has pleaded with Uhuru to lift the ban to enable them survive the harsh economic times.

“We are pleading with the president to lift the ban… We are going through hard economic times and the government should be lenient with some of its policies,” said Mutisya.