7 July 2011

Kenya: Nairobi Demo Turns Chaotic, 10 People Arrested

Nairobi — Ten people were on Thursday arrested as protests against the high cost of living and graft at the Ministry of Education turned chaotic.

And police were forced to lob several teargas canisters to disperse the group of Unga Revolution campaigners who are pressing for a reduction in the cost of flour as well a the sacking of Education minister Prof Sam Ongeri.

The Ministry of Education has of late been on the spotlight over the loss of Sh4.2 billion meant for the Free Primary Education kitty.

The group, which was later on joined by a number of university students, had initially gathered at the Kencom bus terminus, where they in turns, vented their anger at the government failure to reduce the price of flour.

Consumers have been paying between Sh130 and Sh140 for a 2kg packet of maize flour, up from Sh75 at the beginning of the year but according to them, this should be reduced to Sh30.

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