Chaos rock Kisumu as Raila supporters take to streets [PHOTOS]

Matiang'i denies the claims.

SHARE
Kisumu chaos
A supporter of Opposition leader Raila Odinga, burns tyres during a protest in Kisumu after their political leader claimed massive fraud in the election, August 9, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Tension rocked Kisumu on Wednesday, August 9, as police engaged a group of about 100 supporters of the Opposition leader Raila Odinga with tear gas.

The incident happened shortly after the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential race flagbearer claimed “massive” rigging in the Tuesday, August 8 elections, Zipo.co.ke has learnt.

Kisumu chaos
Supporters of Opposition leader Raila Odinga react in a protest in Kisumu after their political leader claimed massive fraud in the national election, August 9, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

According to a report by Reuters, the men who were unarmed, chanted “No Raila, no peace” and anti-President Uhuru Kenyatta slogans.

READ:  Popular Kalenjin musician collapses, dies after learning his seven colleagues died

They also set tyres on fire and blocked roads in the area before anti-riot police officers arrived.

Kisumu chaos
A fire set by NASA chief Raila Odinga’s supporters during their demonstration in Kondele, Kisumu, over his claims that the general election was fraudulent, August 9, 2017. PHOTO: FAITH MATETE/THE STAR

The rioters also engaged the cops in running battles before scattering but others regrouped and returned shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said they are not aware of any unrest in Kisumu and called upon the citizens to remain calm.

READ:  How Raila was cornered into giving up his swearing-in
Kisumu chaos
NASA chief Raila Odinga’s supporters during their demonstration in Kondele, Kisumu, over his claims that the general election was fraudulent, August 9, 2017. PHOTO: FAITH MATETE/THE STAR

According to the no nonsense minister, action will be taken against social media users spreading information that might endanger national security while the election commission collates election results.

Speaking to journalists in Harambee House, Matiang’i who took over the security docket following the sudden death of Joseph Nkaissery, added that Kenyans should go about their business as they would on a normal day.

READ:  Police ready to arrest, charge Raila with treason on Tuesday