Wednesday was another day of looting and destruction, or as it is fondly referred to, peaceful demonstrations.
Nasa pulled its biggest crowd yet in its extended weekly demos. Principals Raila and Kalonzo were still a no-show, but there were some heavy-hitters in the likes of Mombasa governor Hassan Joho, Siaya Senator James Orengo and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama.
Demonstrators first gathered at Uhuru Park where they were briefly addressed by the leaders. They then flocked into the town centre, patrolling various streets in their hundreds or thousands. Nairobi business people have seen this movie before, and were therefore sure to safeguard their premises by shutting doors and windows.
But as has become the norm in most demos, theft and destruction of property was all over. One particular hotel, Antonio’s Grill, was not very lucky. Though the hotel has some of the best shawarma in town, demonstrators ignored that and chose to help themselves with sodas that were encroaching on their demonstration path.
That moment was caught on camera from a neighboring building.
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Still in Nairobi, multiple cars were once again reported to have ended up with shattered windows and windscreens. Most of these were parked in streets where the demonstrators passed, and the reasoning behind the breaking and destruction is still unclear.
The same was witnessed in Kisumu and Homa Bay, where it was mostly police engaging rioters in running battles. In Kisumu, demonstrators are reported to have stoned a police station, demanding the police officers come out and teargas them.
In Homabay, two police officers received a thorough beating from the mob, and one is said to be in critical condition. The other was saved by a good Samaritan.
About 14 people are reportedly nursing gunshot wounds and other injuries in Kisumu and Homabay.
The next demonstrations will be held on Friday, and according to Orengo, next week demos will be held on a daily basis.