On Demos: Reggae Played On...

Azimio la Umoja leaders on Tuesday, May 2, failed to turn up for anti-government protests that began from Kawangware through Kangemi-Waruku all the way to Kiambu County.

The coalition leaders were instead held up in a meeting at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Upper Hill, Nairobi where they discussed a number of issues pertaining to the bipartisan talks.

Raila’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party claimed a successful procession, noting that the police accorded them respect during the demonstration.

“We have had a peaceful procession from Kawangware-Kangemi-Waruku-Westlands-Parklands-Muthaiga-Kiambu Rd with a full escort of the police in 15 land cruisers…Nobody was robbed. No mama mboga was harassed. Everyone was cheering on and saying how tired they are with the regime,” Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party wrote on Twitter.

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Raila also responded to the demonstrations and urged the police to respect the rights of the protesters. The ODM Party Leader noted that some of his staff suffered when they were attacked by police officers.

“Our media team’s equipment was destroyed by the police as they lobbed teargas at a petrol station,” Raila claimed on Twitter.

A contingent of anti-riot police officers blocked access to the Nairobi CBD at Fig Tree Hotel, Ngara and Landhies Road.

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A gang of more than 20 violent protesters robbed a petrol station along Juja Road in Nairobi on the morning of May 2 as Azimio protests kicked off in parts of the country.

In a video seen by [I]Kenyans.co.ke[/I], the rowdy youth mugged petrol station attendants and pedestrians in the vicinity.

“More than 20 people were there, few stood back as others robbed the petrol station. They stole gas containers from the station.

A passenger bus service burnt during an encounter between anti-riot police officers and protesters on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

“The petrol station is near the Moi Air Force Base. They also mugged pedestrians on the street,” noted a human rights defender who requested anonymity.

Men could be seen vandalizing equipment at the petrol station with police nowhere to be seen during the attack.

“Some men tried to siphon fuel into containers and run away,” he added.

He added that there were more than 50 men standing and watching as their colleagues stormed the establishment.

The robbery rekindled memories of what happened during March anti-government protests led by the Azimio leader Raila Odinga.

The bi-weekly protests were called off on April 2, right before the Easter holidays. Stone-throwing, muggings, and running battles were witnessed at that time.

The robbery incident came after a public service vehicle was torched along Ngong’ Road which was also blamed on violent protesters.

On May 1, during Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, President William Ruto declared that he would not allow violent demonstrators to destroy property.


“Tumewaambia hakuna handshake. Raila Odinga kama unataka kusalimia mtu, salimia bibi yako.”
~~~Rigi Gii

“We also know what democracy looks like and what human rights are. It has nothing to do with violence, anarchy, destruction of properties and people’s businesses,” stated Ruto.

On his part, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga urged his followers to demonstrate peacefully.

“Our demonstrators have been informed that protests will be peaceful. No one will carry any weapons,” Odinga noted.

Missing info on the slums they visited today apart from kangemi:rolleyes:

…from the archives

Meeting after meeting. Okay