Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Activists march in the capital Nairobi to mark Saba Saba on July 7, 2020.


More than 50 activists arrested as police break Saba Saba march in Nairobi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 7- More than 50 activists were arrested on Tuesday as they marched in Nairobi to mark Saba Saba or 7th July.

The day is marked in Kenya to commemorate July 7, 1990 when violent protests broke out in Kenya to demand free elections.

Since then, activists stage demonstrations to champion key issues, with this year dedicated to policy brutality following killings of innocent civilians since March as police enforced the night curfew declared by President Uhuru Kenyatta as part of measures to contain the rise of coronavirus cases which had surged to 8,067 by Tuesday.

The activists had planned demonstrations in the Central Business District and slum areas, but police dispersed them and arrested others.

Activists march in the capital Nairobi to mark Saba Saba on July 7, 2020.

They waved placards screaming SabaSabaMarchForOurLives, Stop the Killings and Respect the Constitution.

The arrests, mainly targetting protest organisers, were effected in Mathare, Kayole, Dandora and other informal settlements.

“I am yet to know my offense after I was arrested,” said Wilfred Olal who was coordinating the protests in Dandora, through the Community Justice Centre. He was taken to Pangani Police Station where nearly 20 others were locked up.

Other activists arrested were taken to Kayole police station and police posts in Mathare and Huruma. They were arrested while singing sang freedom songs as others waved the national flags.

“We are marching for our lives,” one protester said, “every live matters.”

Contingents of heavily armed police officers were deployed to the areas where the protests were staged to disperse them.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

In Mathare, police lobbed tear gas at the demonstrators when they defied orders to disperse.

They were protesting police brutality and demanding justice for the victims.

Nairobi Police Chief Philip Ndolo said the protests were illegal.

“It is outlawed, it is not legal, and no permit has been given. As you are aware, no public gatherings are allowed at this time due to COVID-19 and we will not allow anyone to hold any meeting or march of any kind,” he said.

The Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) condemned the arrests, tweeting “Release all human rights defenders arrested for enjoying their constitutional rights.”


More on Capital News


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Nominee for National Intelligence Service Director General Noordin Haji found himself on the spot during his vetting as he...


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30-The nominee for the National Intelligence Service(NIS) Director General nominee Noordin Haji now intends to boost the criminal justice chain by...


EBK Chairperson Erastus Mwongera said discussions to liberalize engineering services will form the core agenda at the 4th Engineering Partnership Convention (EPC 2023) slated to...


NAIROBI, Kenya May 30 – Nominee for Central Bank of Kenya Governor post Kamau Thugge has defended the proposed Finance Bill 2023 despite vehement...


The Kenya Defence Forces said Tuesday that the PASSEX was aimed at fostering interoperability and reflecting the commitments of both navies to build cooperative...


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Azimio – One Kenya Coalition Parliamentary Group says it will not take part in the bipartisan talks until the...


The Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport Kipchumba Murkomen made the announcement Tuesday stating that Mbugua's appointment was made by the Secretary General of...


Nairobi, Kenya, May 30 – The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) has invited bids for the establishment of the Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS)...