Tension in city centre as police disperse anti-IEBC protesters – PHOTOS
Several business premises closed in the city centre on Monday as anti-riot police dispersed opposition leaders and their supporters who had attempted to hold a protest march to the head office of the electoral commission.
There was a heavy presence of anti-riot police across the CBD from early morning, in a new tactic that ensured the protesters could not converge at the Independent and Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) head office Anniversary Towers along University Way.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet had earlier declared the planned protest by the opposition coalition, Cord, to IEBC offices in the city centre as illegal.
On Monday, the police dispersed Cord legislators who had assembled on Haile Selassie Avenue. They were accompanied by a handful of supporters.
The legislators included Suba MP John Mbadi, Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang and Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwangs.
The legislators jumped into vehicles and sped off after the anti-riot police lobbed tear gas cannisters at them, but they resurfaced moments later at the City Hall roundabout.