Anti-Riot Police Teargas Kenyans Celebrating Raila’s Birthday in Nairobi CBDPosted by On


Officers drawn from the National Police Anti-Riot Unit fired live bullets in the air and teargassed a crowd that had gathered in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD).

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Communications Director Peter Etale, while speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on Sunday, indicated that the crowd had gathered at the National Archives to celebrate former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s 79th birthday.

Police in anti-riot gear have attacked peaceful Kenyans outside the National Archives as they were celebrating Raila Odinga’s birthday,” read the statement in part.

“They lobbed tear-gas canisters and shot live bullets in the air. They were led by OCPD for Central.”

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Etale further indicated that the officers, who claimed they were acting under instructions from above, were shooting at anyone on site.

It is, however, still unclear whether anyone sustained injuries during the commotion.

“We  can’t tell (whether anyone is injured) because they were just shooting at anyone and everyone on site. The intention was just to scuttle the whole thing.

“You know people were just peaceful. The citizens were waiting to cut the cake, celebrate and eat then they go. But the police officers just came and said they got orders from above.”

The Nairobi CBD celebrations coincided with a grand cake-cutting ceremony that the opposition leader held in Malindi, Kilifi County.

Raila first visited the Malindi Orphanage where he was joined by children to mark his 79th…

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