Violence erupted at Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi as anti-riot police officers arrived at the venue, leading to clashes with the gathered youth.
The officers resorted to using tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd, consisting of hundreds of young people who had assembled for demonstrations against President William Ruto’s administration.
Initially, the officers managed to scatter the youth, but they soon regrouped and overwhelmed the police, forcing them to retreat towards Jogoo Road
. In response, water cannons were brought in to support the retreating officers. The situation escalated further as the youth barricaded several roads in the area.
Prior to the clashes, there was already tension at the venue when police officers tried to prevent the youth from gathering. In response, some of the demonstrators began pelting the officers with stones, which prompted the police to leave the area momentarily.
Preparations for the rally had been underway, with a dias being erected and a public address system being set up at the grounds. The youth had been awaiting the arrival of Azimio leaders who were expected to lead them in the planned protests.
The clashes and ensuing violence at Kamukunji Grounds highlight the deep divisions and political unrest within the country.
The demonstrations against President Ruto’s administration reflect the dissatisfaction and grievances held by a significant portion of the youth population.