Security has been hiked at various points in Nairobi as a group of activists took to the streets to make the 30th Saba Saba day on Tuesday.
Police feared the march would turn into violent and become a source of the spread of coronavirus and wanted the organizers to take responsibility for such incidents. The group of activists planned to gather at Parliament Buildings with a theme of respect for the constitution.
During the Tuesday morning march, chaotic scenes were seen as the police lobbed teargas to disperse protestors in the Nairobi CBD.
In the march taking place in Nairobi’s Kayole and Dandora areas over 20 protestors were arrested. The protestors who were marching from Kayole and The Eastlands areas were teargassed by the police as arrests also took place
Protestors in both Mathare and Kiamaiko were also not spared from the arrests.
The leaders of the groups who included Lena Anyuolo, Habil Omar, SJC’s Faith Kasina, Kibera Social Justice Centre’s Editar Ochieng were also among those arrested and taken to Kariobangi police station.
The annual #SabasabaMarchForOurLives was being held from venues with Social Justice Centers that are Kiambu, Makadara, Mukuru, Kamukunji, Mathare, Kibera, Kiamaiko, Githurai, Ruaraka, Korogocho, Kariobangi, Dandora, Komarocks, and Kayole.
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Activists rally annually on July 7, marking the date in 1990 when Opposition in the Late President Daniel Arap Moi government t launched a bid to open up multiparty politics.
This year’s march was galvanized by the mounting accusations of the police brutality during the coronavirus lockdown.
— Victor Amadala (@ItsAmadala) July 7, 2020