12 July 2018

Kenya: Chaos, Teargas in Muthurwa as Traders, Police Clash

Chaos, bonfires and teargas on Thursday morning turned parts of the capital Nairobi into no-go zones as traders clashed with police and county askaris.

The businesspeople who sell their wares at Wakulima, also known as Marikiti, and Muthurwa markets were protesting over alleged high rates charged by the Nairobi City County.

They marched, chanted, blocked roads, lit bonfires and pelted police and motorists with rocks in the madness that caused a traffic nightmare for commuters heading for offices in the central business district.

BEATEN SENSELESS

Trouble started on Wednesday evening when a county askari was beaten senseless by traders during crackdown on rate defaulters at Marikiti.

Keen not to lose the battle for control of the city and its revenues, the askaris on Thursday morning returned to the market, this time with police escort in full combat gear.

They were not welcome as traders' anger boiled over, leading to the clashes that saw dozens of vehicles smashed and man-hours lost.

All roads entering and leaving the Kamukunji-Muthurwa Roundabout were no-go zones, with rocks and teargas flying all over.

They included Enterprise Road, Haile Selassie Avenue, Landhies Road, Ring Road, Wakulima Road, Railway Lane, parts of River Road among others.

AVOID HOTSPOTS

Police cautioned motorists to avoid the chaos hotspots between Railways bus terminus and Gikomba market.

The chaos come on the backdrop of revelation that City Hall's traditional revenue streams, including business permits and market rates, have been narrowing.

In April, it was revealed that high default rates had led to a Sh3 billion dip in collection by the Governor Mike Sonko's administration, which is keen to meet and surpass its targets.

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