Police engage NASA supporters in running battles

Police engage NASA supporters in running battles

BY NAMULONGO PETER/KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,17TH NOV 2017-Police have engaged NASA supporters in running battles for the better part of the day.

This is after NASA leader Raila Odinga jetted back in the country Friday morning from the the US and Europe where he had been for the last ten days.

Accompanied by    NASA leaders James Orengo, Junet Muhamed Gladys Wanga and Johnstone Muthama among others  the leaders had accompanied their principal Raila Odinga from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport  where they had gone to receive Odinga  police started engaging them in running battles.

Things turned worse  immediately the convoy left the airport, with the vehicle carrying  Odinga being among several other vehicles  that were being used by others NASA leaders as they took the turn to  Mombasa Road police begun teargassing .

This was because the route heading to Mombasa had a gridlock stretching kilometres following violent confrontations between police and Mr Odinga’s supporter in the morning.

The Nasa supporters wanted to force their way into the airport but police lobbed teargas canisters at City Cabanas and other sections of the road to arrest their march.

The convoy later diverted from Mombasa Road to Jogoo Road but the chaos followed Mr Odinga and his team as police engaged youths in running battles.

They intended to march through Jogoo Road on to Haile Sellasie Avenue, then into Uhuru Park, but the violent confrontations continued.

With WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE trailing the happenings the  clashes between Nasa supporters and police brought business to a standstill on the busy road that serves eastern parts of the capital.

The City Stadium roundabout was brought to a standstill as police blocked road in their bid to stop the chaos from spilling over into town.

For the better part of the afternoon, no traffic was not moving as traders closed kiosks and fled for their safety.

A mini bus belonging to Forward Travellers sacco, a police lorry and two pull carts were torched outside Burma Market.

Along the road, smoke from burning tyres billowed and competed with the teargas police were firing without stopping.

From Rikana Supermarket all the way to Muthurwa Market, the road was littered with the rocks Nasa supporters used to engage the police.

The chaos took a different turn at Muthurwa after Nasa supporters were engaged by rival group believed to be Jubilee supporters.

President Kenyatta’s supporters are opposed to Nasa demos, which they argue disrupt businesses and lead to destruction of property and loss of lives.

Police used verbal orders, teargas, live bullets to restore calm and order on the road without much success.

They also sprayed the youths with two water canons but Nasa supporters would not stop charging at them.

At some point, police resorted to using live bullets, with gunshots heard for a few minutes near Muthurwa Market.

until the time of going to press confrontations were still been witnessed at Haile selassie way.

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