Police disperse peaceful Nairobi protest, term it unlawful
13 February 2014, 14:41
Nairobi - Police dispersed a peaceful protest in Nairobi, aimed at addressing the high rate of corruption, wastage of public funds and poverty, terming it illegal.
Dubbed the February 13 protest and led by activists Boniface Mwangi and Reverend Timothy Mboya, the quiet march was to move all the way to parliament buildings before the police intervened.
The law enforcers lobbed teargas canisters at the group while at Uhuru Park near the Freedom Corner, saying that they were disturbing the peace.
According to officers on the ground, they were told to disperse the group because the march was illegal.
" We have been informed that it is an illegal gatthering and have been told to use any means necessary to break it up, officers at the scene said.
Organizers though, produced evidence of alleged acceptance by police to have them hold the march in the capital city. The letter was stamped by the office of the Inspector General.
" This is once again a demonstration of the lack of dignity within the Kenyan police force, since we applied to have this march a long time ago and it was granted but today, we hear that it is illegal, Mwangi said.
The march had been planned to begin at the Freedom Corner and head all the way to parliament but on arrival, the Uhuru Park venue was packed with riot police officers who proceeded to lob teargas after the group stood its ground after being asked to disperse.
The government has argued that the march has been sponsored by foreign missions, looking to destabilize the government.
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