BY NAMULONGO PETER/CORRESPONDENTS,13TH OCT 2017-The national Super Alliance NASA supporters on Friday defied an order by acting interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i to keep of demonstrations from three major cities of Nairobi.Kisumu and Mombasa.Spot check done by WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE in the three cities has establishment that NASA supporters have engaged police in running battles with police having to use rubber bullets to keep off demonstrators.
In Mombasa, anti-riot police were not taking chances as they swarmed the coastal city’s streets to enforce the government directive.They dispersed a group of National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters who had converged on Uhuru Gardens along Moi Avenue and later Nkrumah Road.
Deputy Governor William Kingi, Senator Mohammed Faki and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir were leading the protests when police fired the corrosive gas.
The protesters scampered for safety, with police in hot pursuit they had begun their protests on Uhuru avenue heading to IEBC offices before they were prevented by the police.The same scenario was witnessed on Moi venue with police firing in the air to scare away demonstrators.In Nairobi, police mounted up checks in almost all corners of the city with the CBD remaining under police watch.
Although a number of businesses were open in the midmorning, police officers continued with patrols along major streets of the capital.
Uhuru Park, where the demos have been starting, was cordoned off by police to allow military training ahead of the Mashujaa Day celebrations.
Police and opposition supporters have clashed over the latter defied government ban and took their anti-IEBC demos some city centres.
In Kisumu, Orange Democratic Movement, a Nasa affiliate party, said they would enter the CBD of the lakeside city.
Already, protestors have started gathering at Kondele area in readiness for their march to the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Milimani.
Police blocked major roads leading to town at the Aga Khan roundabout.
They used teargas to break up an assembly of Nasa supporters around the Aga Khan Hospital and the town’s main stage.Untill the time of going on press police were still engaging demonstrators in other regions in the country as well who have since vowed to continue with their strike.