NAIROBI, Kenya, June 11 – Tension was high in Nakuru on Saturday afternoon when police lobbed teargas to disperse a group of rowdy youth who demonstrated outside a hotel where Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga was holding a closed door meeting with Luo and Luhya professionals.
Odinga was forced to sneak out of the hotel located along the Nakuru-Kabarak road to avoid a violent confrontation with the group that carried placards and chanted slogans against the opposition.
The situation almost got out of hand when youth allied to Odinga came out to confront the protesters who included boda boda riders.
Odinga was later escorted to Kaptembwa where he addressed a rally, insisting that the anti-IEBC protests will proceed on Monday and Thursday in major towns including Nakuru.
He urged CORD supporters in the town to turn up in large numbers, while urging police to refrain from using excessive force on protesters.
He also called on the government to compensate victims of police brutality in Kisumu during past protests,including those who lost their lives and property.
But as soon as he finished addressing the rally and left, Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua arrived accompanied by other Jubilee MPs said they will not allow protests to take place in Nakuru.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has told CORD leaders they have a right to mbobilise and hold protests on condition they don’t engage in violence.
Dear Capital FM… the rally at Mukarafuu grounds was very successful
— Philip Etale (@EtalePhilip) June 11, 2016