By LABAN WANAMBISI, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19 – An uneasy calm has returned to Baba Dogo following confrontations between local residents and police after the killing of four people in the area.
A heavy contingent of General Service Unit personnel has been deployed to disperse youths who had barricaded a section of the Allsopps to the Huruma— Kariobangi Interchange.
The residents from the nearby Riverside slum had for the better part of the day engaged the police in running battles as the protested.
They disrupted traffic along the transport corridor where some matatus and boda-bodas were set ablaze.
National Super Alliance Leader (NASA) Raila Odinga speaking after visiting the area alleged that the killings were planned.
He urged Kenyans to exercise respect and tolerance towards each other even as he called on the clergy to speak up.
The opposition chief called on international community to intervene.
Former Kasarani MP Elizabeth Ongoro, speaking to the media, insisted that the killings were ethnically motivated as Nairobi County Commander Japhet Koome denied claims that the killings were as a result of ethnic clashes.
Police fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse protesters for the better part of the morning.
An Odinga supporter raises a clenched fist in an act of resistance when Odinga visited Baba Dogo on Sunday/COSMUS MWONGELA
A woman raises her hands in a supplicatory gesture when Odinga addressed residents at Baba Dogo on Sunday/COSMUS MWONGELA
GSU patrol Baba Dogo/COSMUS MWONGELA
Masses follow Odinga’s progress through the settlement/COSMUS MWONGELA
A motorcycle set on fire during the chaos/COSMUS MWONGELA
Area residents make their way past GSU officers under instruction to hold their hands up and make the affirmation that “there is only one government in power.”/COSMUS MWONGELA
Opposition leader Raila Odinga when he addressed his supporters on Sunday/COSMUS MWONGELA
The discovery of four bodies in the Mathare slum drew a large crowd, including Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, seen wearing a white hat
On Friday, opposition supporters had clashed with police during a rally to welcome home their leader Raila Odinga/AFP
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