Maandamano Live Blog: Final day
11:15 am: Civilians help police to clear the Homa Bay-Rongo Road.
10:25 am: Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and six others were freed on a cash bail of Sh100,000. They faced charges of subversion related to the ongoing demonstrations aimed at compelling the government to reduce commodity prices and lower the cost of living at Milimani Law Courts.
10:05 am: At the Bomet main stage, matatus remain parked with only a few passengers travelling to Nakuru, Eldoret, Kericho, and Narok towns. However, regular commuter services to Kisii, Nairobi, and Kisumu have not yet resumed.
9:59 am: Normal business within the Nakuru town CBD on the third day of Azimio protests.
09:50 am: Jeevanjee Gardens in Nairobi, one of the identified meeting points for Azimio protesters, is deserted. A few police officers have been deployed to the venue.
9:18 am: As the demonstrations enter their third day, Ang’awa Street in Kisumu stands eerily empty, with an air of relative calm settling over the area. However, the cautionary atmosphere prompts many businesses to remain closed, fearing any potential disruptions.
9:00 am:In Siaya, a sense of tranquillity has finally returned, with people cautiously resuming their daily activities. Notably, boda boda operators are back on the streets, eagerly awaiting their customers’ return.
8:54 am: Machakos Town – Transport services at the Machakos bus terminal resume as dozens of matatus plying different routes return to the roads after assuming a wait-and-see for two days. Most of the businesses in the town have opened shops as police intensify patrols.
8.36 am: Kitengela town is experiencing normalcy with businesses opening. Normal traffic flow and there is a heavy police presence.
8:15 am: Police patrol streets of Kisii town
8:00 am: It is business as usual in Lamu. No Maandamano.
7:50 am: Police patrol in Kakamega town on day three of anti-government protests.
7:00 am: Armed anti-riot police stationed at the GPO roundabout next to central park.
6:45 am: A large number of armed security block Processional Way at the Nyerere Road Junction just after Serena. No cars are allowed to pass.
6:30 am: Kakamega calm on day three of anti-government protests.
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6:00 am: In an exclusive interview with the Nation, Azimio leader, who has been missing in action since last week, reveals he is suffering from a bad infection and is on bed rest; and refutes claims that he is seeking a back-door deal with President Ruto.
In case you missed July 19 and 18’s live blogs, check them out here.