Police Fire Tear Gas As NASA And Jubilee Supporters Clash During Protest

Police officers on Tuesday fired tear gas to disperse NASA and Jubilee supporters after they clashed outside IEBC’s Anniversary Towers offices.

NASA supporters who chanted “Chiloba must go” were confronted by a group of Jubilee supporters who were chanting: “we want peace”.

Tensions were rising between the two groups before anti-riot police officers stepped in and hurled tear gas canisters. Several canisters were fired into the crowd near the election commission’s headquarters.

According to eyewitnesses, many people were beaten with batons by the police as others ran, scampering for safety running up the University of Nairobi footbridge.

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Suba South MP John Mbadi has, meanwhile, accused Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria of hiring thugs that initiated the NASA And Jubilee supporters clash.

The thugs, who came in the guise of Jubilee supporters, according to the ODM national chairman, were collected from Banana, Ndonyo and surrounding Kikuyu suburbs with the sole aim of attacking NASA protesters.

“Kuria chaired a meeting yesterday night to discuss chaos during NASA’s peaceful demos against the IEBC,” he claimed in an address to the press on Tuesday.

“This meeting was held with DCI director Ndegwa Muhoro and Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome in the know,” he continued.

“We wish to make it known to the people of Kenya that we have tried to engage the two senior police officers with a view to securing their intervention to guarantee the peace and security of Nairobians and property with no success.”

Mbadi further said that the youths are armed with pangas and are being brought to town by Kuria.

The legislator noted demonstrating is a constitutional right that must be allowed without intimidation.

“We will, therefore, exercise these rights without fear of intimidation and urge all Kenyans of goodwill to join us as we agitate for the removal of the corrupt and criminal Ezra Chiloba and his cronies at IEBC.”