Maandamano day means no learning at Moi Avenue Primary
The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition’s anti-government countrywide protests entered day three on March 30, 2023.
The effects of the protests have been felt across several sectors, including education.
In Nairobi, Moi Avenue Primary school was a deserted place with few activities within the surroundings.
Among the few staff members who were still in the school compound told Nairobi News about ten students, out of a possible 800, showed up in the morning, only to be taken back by their parents who could not risk leaving their loved ones in a city that would likely be submerged with teargas and protests for the better part of the day.
At the same time, teachers reported to work in the morning as usual but had to return home as they found an empty calm school.
“The teachers just left when they heard that Baba (Azimio leader Raila Odinga) is entering town,” explained a staffer who spoke to Nairobi News off the record.
The school is opposite Jeevanjee Gardens where Kenyans from all walks of like gather during normal days for a rest.
This means that the school has so far lost three days of learning.
Some of the schools where the protests were witnessed interrupted their daily routine, some sending their students home early in fear of chaos.
The garden is also known as the venue for the Bunge la Wananchi forum where people from different parts of Nairobi meet in the morning to discuss politics and other matters of interest.
Also, Jeevanjee was a no-go-zone to the members of the public but was dominated by anti-riot police officers with one of their lorries parked inside.
This happened as many shops and businesses stayed open within CBD, unlike the previous days of demonstrations where people were in panic and kept their shops closed.
On Wednesday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Professor Kithure Kindiki asked the business people to go on with their daily routine, assuring them that the government will protect every property even as Azimio intensifies their protests.