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Tear gas as demos over bad roads rock Embakasi South

Sunday January 19 2020

Kware road protests

A motorist drives a bus past a fire that residents lit at Kenya Builders in Kware Ward, Embakasi South Constituency, Nairobi, during a demonstration against the poor state of roads, January 18, 2020. PHOTO | SAMMY KIMATU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

SAMMY KIMATU
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Residents of Kware Ward in Embakasi South on Saturday blocked roads using boulders, lit bonfires and burnt tyres in a protest against their poor state.

The crowds from Mukuru-Kware and Kenya Builders also planted banana stumps and other vegetation on the roads and engaged police in running battles.

North Airport Road was one of those affected. The road is important as motorists use it to go to the General Service Unit and Administration Police training schools.

There is also a Kenya Army camp in the area.

A police officer clears the road after
A police officer clears the road after protesters from Kenya Builders area of Embakasi South Constituency, Nairobi, lit bonfires in a protest against bad roads, January 18, 2020. PHOTO | SAMMY KIMATU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

NEGLIGENCE

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The residents accused Ward Representative Rose Kula of negligence and failing to serve them.

They also accused MP Julius Mawathe of failing to implement road projects despite a budget they claimed was Sh70 million.

They further said the contractor stopped reporting to work six months ago and has never returned to the area.

The politicians were not immediately available for comment on the allegations.

Residents of Kenya Builders at Kware Ward in
Residents of Kenya Builders at Kware Ward in Embakasi South Constituency, Nairobi County, protest against bad roads on January 18, 2020. PHOTO | SAMMY KIMATU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

TEAR GAS

Officers from Embakasi Police Station fired tears gas in their efforts to disperse the demonstrators.

The chaos forced closure of business as motorists sought alternative routes.

Police and volunteers later removed the barricades and put out the fires.

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