Businesses and normal operations in Nairobi’ Central Business District (CBD) are on a standstill over chaotic engagement between anti-riot police officers and protesters engaging in running battles.
Hell broke loose after police teargassed a section of Azimio leaders as they made their way into the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) prompting spontaneous violent engagements between security forces and civilians.
Senate Minority Leader Stewart Madzayo and National Assembly Minority Opiyo Wandayi are among leaders arrested as they tried to gain access into KICC grounds where Azimio One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga advised his brigade and supporters to converge before leading a procession to State House.
However, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki and Nairobi police Commander Adamson Bungei warned that unathorised persons will not be allowed to go near State House which one of the protected zone under Kenyan laws.
Before the arrest of Wandayi and Madzayo, Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna and Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua had earlier addressed a group of their supporters warming up for the demonstrations, the police threw teargas canisters to disrupt the groupings.
Other lawmakers who had made their way to KICC include Minority Whip Junet Mohammed, Kisumu Town West MP Rosa Buyu and Likoni MP Mishi Mboko.
Dramatic scenes have also been witnessed in Kibra slums where Nation Media Group vehicle was stoned by violent protesters who engaged police by pelting stones to them but they have since been contained although tension remains high.
Other roads affected include Ngong Road, Thika Road, Juja Road among others.