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Violence erupted in Nairobi’s Kawangware slum yesterday during an inspection tour of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education preparedness in the area by Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet. Ugly scenes played out at Gatina Primary School shortly after the two State officials left with goons pelting their vehicles with stones.
The media and Ministry of Education officials bore the greatest brunt of violence with a few people sustaining injuries and multiple cars having their windscreens smashed. Police had to lob tear gas canisters to disperse the rowdy group.
The protesters accused the CS of remaining silent after police officers in the area reportedly harassed residents aligned to the Opposition. “The situation is now under control. A number of youths came after the Cabinet Secretary had visited the school and barricaded the road but it is now clear.
The CS and Inspector General had already left,” Dagoretti Divisional Police Commander Rashid Mohammed said. Anti-riot police officers engaged armed rioters in running battles amid growing tension in the area. Businesses were forced to temporarily close down as pedestrians and traders scampered for safety.
The youth used stones and logs to barricade the road but security teams removed them before transport resumed normally. “The area is still tense and very uncertain since last week. We are appealing to the government to ensure safety is restored,” Jane Nzisa, a resident said.
The government has beefed up security across the 47 counties in the country to secure candidates in a week-long exercise despite concerns of volatility in some regions.