The situation was different in the lakeside city of Kisumu that
became the epicenter of chaos when protesters stormed into a
supermarket and engaged in a looting spree before police fired
tear gas to chase them away.
Besides looting one of the
largest retail chains in the city, protesters in Kisumu raided
the premises of water utility and vandalized pipes thereby
cutting off the supply of the commodity to residential areas.
The police were forced to lob teargas canisters and shoot in
the air to disperse supporters opposed to the retention of the
IEBC team ahead of the Oct. 26 vote.
Several of them broke into the supermarket, defied workers
who tried to stop them and injured some of them. Property worth
an unknown amount of money was stolen and the store’s windows
The protesters only left after police fired teargas at them
after arriving in Land Cruisers and water cannon trucks.
The crowd left in the direction of Kondele where shops
remained closed for fear of similar occurrences.
Hundreds of youthful protesters had on Friday morning blocked
major roads in Kisumu thus paralyzing transport before the
police chased them and restored order in Kenya’s third largest
Businesses incurred huge losses on Friday in many towns in
western Kenya as opposition supporters heeded a call by their
leaders to protest against the electoral agency ahead of October
26 repeat presidential polls.
The protests turned violent in the border town of Busia when
mobs hurled teargas canisters at police officers hence
triggering violent confrontation that lasted two hours.
Businesses came to a standstill in Busia town that neighbors
Uganda as security officers engaged protesters in running
The street protests against the electoral agency were largely
peaceful in the Coastal city of Mombasa.
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his
co-principals were conspicuously absent when the street protests
took off in their strongholds.
Several local leaders in opposition leaning zones led the
protests and vowed to continue with the push for reforms in
elections management to avert foul play in future.
The Opposition leaders instructed their supporters to
continue with the demos every Monday and Friday until the IEBC
heeds to the demands to effect changes at the Independent
Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
NASA is demanding among other issues the firing and
prosecution of about 10 IEBC officials among them the chief
executive officer, Ezra Chiloba.
NASA maintains there will be no Oct. 26 election as long as
the current commission remains as currently constituted.