June 14, 2024

Kenyans celebrating Raila birthday teargassed (VIDEO)

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Kenyans celebrating Raila birthday teargassed

Anti-Riot police teargas Kenyans celebrating Raila's birthday in Nairobi CBD (Central Business District)

Anti-Riot police teargas Kenyans celebrating Raila’s birthday in Nairobi CBD (Central Business District).

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

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Communications Director Peter Etale confirmed the incident adding that the crowd had gathered at the National Archives to celebrate former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s 79th birthday.

“Police in anti-riot gear has 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.”

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

“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.

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“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 opposition leader hosted a lavish cake-cutting event in Malindi, Kilifi County, on the same day as the celebrations in Nairobi’s CBD.

Raila first visited the Malindi Orphanage where he was joined by children to mark his 79th birthday after which he proceeded to cut the cake.

The overriding message at his ceremony was a push at President William Ruto to lower his appetite for taxing Kenyans.

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