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Tension in city centre as police disperse anti-IEBC protesters – PHOTOS

Several business premises closed in the city centre on Monday as anti-riot police dispersed opposition leaders and their supporters who had attempted to hold a protest march to the head office of the electoral commission.

Police form human cordon outside Anniversary Towers on May 23, 2016. PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO
Police form human cordon outside Anniversary Towers on May 23, 2016. PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO

There was a heavy presence of anti-riot police across the CBD from early morning, in a new tactic that ensured the protesters could not converge at the Independent and Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) head office Anniversary Towers along University Way.

Protesters lit a bonfire on a road in Kibera on May 23, 2016. PHOTO | ANGIRA ZADOCK
Protesters lit a bonfire on a road in Kibera on May 23, 2016. PHOTO | ANGIRA ZADOCK

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet had earlier declared the planned protest by the opposition coalition, Cord, to IEBC offices in the city centre as illegal.

PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO
PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO

On Monday, the police dispersed Cord legislators who had assembled on Haile Selassie Avenue. They were accompanied by a handful of supporters.

PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO
PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO

The legislators included Suba MP John Mbadi, Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang and Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwangs.

The legislators jumped into vehicles and sped off after the anti-riot police lobbed tear gas cannisters at them, but they resurfaced moments later at the City Hall roundabout.