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Anti-graft crusaders teargassed as police block Nairobi march

The activists under the auspices of the “Red Movement” wanted march to Harambee House and Parliament despite a warning by the Central Police Station OCS Richard Kerich, who asked them to confine their protest to Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner/MOSES MUOKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30 – Police used teargas to disperse dozens of anti-corruption protestors as they attempted to march into Nairobi’s Central Business District from Uhuru Park.

The activists under the auspices of the “Red Movement” wanted march to Harambee House and Parliament despite a warning by the Central Police Station OCS Richard Kerich, who asked them to confine their protest to Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner.

“Just conduct your affairs here. There is no marching outside,” a firm talking Kerich told the activists amidst chants.

“Corruption down, impunity down, Kenya is a free country‚Ķ” went the chants.

The agitated activists wanted to present a petition to officials at the Office of President with a myriad of recommendations on how the government should tame the graft menace.

Among them was Muthiora Kariara, a 2017 Deputy Presidential candidate who urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to suspend any Government official implicated in a scandal, as they wait for the Judiciary to establish their guilt or innocence.

“Action has been taken, that is the only way Kenya can win against corruption,” he said. “We are going to have more and more activities going forward until action is taken. There has been talk without action. We are just getting started.”

They vowed to hold weekly protests in a bid to agitate for more action against those looting from public coffers.

“No one can stop us, not even police,” an agitated Francis Ouma said.

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About the small number of protestors, he said, “Kenyans are yet to get angry about the ongoing graft. They are instead entertaining the corrupt.”

The planned demonstration comes in the wake of massive scandals being investigated by a multi-agency team consisting of all criminal justice system agencies.

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