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Kidero bites the dust as city protest turns sour

06 February 2015, 16:09 William Korir

Nairobi - Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero was forced to flee the Nairobi City Park market after irate traders threw dust at him and a riot nearly ensued.

The Governor had gone to the market along Limuru Road to calm down the traders whose market had been burnt in a fire Thursday evening.

The traders proceeded to protest last evening and Friday morning, blocking the busy road and causing a huge traffic jam.

And when Kidero arrived at the scene Friday, he was not spared the wrath of the traders.

" Kidero must go," the traders shouted him down when he attempted to speak to them over the matter.

It was during his attempts that the dust was poured on the under-fire Governor and his bodyguards proceeded to shoot in the air to disperse the crowd.

The traders, some of who spoke to News24 claimed that there was foul play in the fire that took nearly 10 hours to be put off.

" Where was the county government when the fire was engulfing our property. The city centre is just close by. Why did they not act on it," Martha Kinyua, a long time trader at the market said.

Kidero could not be reached for comment after the incident but persons close to him said that there would be representatives sent form his office to calm the situation down.

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