One shot dead others injured during a protest in Nairobi’s Kahawa West

One person has been killed during a demonstration by traders in Kahawa West area, Nairobi county.

The traders were protesting demolition of their stalls by the Nairobi County government.

The demonstrations which left one person shot dead turned violet forcing police to fire in the air to disperse the traders.

According to videos from the scene, the angry youths are seen protesting while carrying the body of the person reportedly shot by the police.

A witness confirmed the incident stating that the stalls were brought down in the middle of the night to pave way for the planned road expansion in the area.

“The youth took to the streets lighting bonfires and barricading roads protesting the demolitions of their stalls to pave way for road maintenance. Hundreds of people had their business in the area. The demolitions has hurt them,” the witness said.

Kasarani OCPD, Peter Mwanzo, confirmed the protests stating the police moved in swiftly to contain the situation.

By the time of going to press, the youth were still engaging police in running battles, paralyzing transport and other activities in the area.

On Thursday, August 19, similar protests rocked Kayole area in Nairobi after one person was reportedly shot dead for violating the curfew regulations.

Reports indicated that the victim was riding a boda boda home when police officers apprehended him. In the scuffle that ensued, the rider of the motorbike escaped narrowly.

Through a statement, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) on Thursday, August 19, 2021 intervened on the case promising to take action.

“IPOA, today (Wednesday) received information on the death of a man at Tushauriane area of Kayole, Nairobi. Pursuant to Section 25 of IPOA Act which requires that deaths that result from police action or are caused by members of the National Police Service while on duty be investigated, the Authority launched investigations into the death today,” IPOA’s Chairperson, Anne Makori, stated.

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