Two dead in Nairobi’s Kahawa West chaos

Two people have been shot dead in Nairobi’s Kahawa West estate after chaos erupted between the locals and police.

Kahawa West residents took to the streets to protest the demolition of their stalls by the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) to pave the way for road construction. They claimed NMS started the demolitions at 3 am (local time) without issuing them with a notice.

“We woke up in the morning and found all our structures down. Our source of livelihood is gone and this is unfair,” a female trader told the Standard Gazette.

One of the victims was a tuk-tuk rider and the other a Boda Boda rider. It is alleged they were shot in the process of a heavy-running battle between civilians and the police.

Transportation in the area has since been paralyzed as protesters barricaded roads with stones and lit bonfires.

Lawmaker Ndindi Nyoro has condemned the demolition terming it inhuman.

“Isn't this government tired of demolishing houses and annihilating businesses and livelihoods of the people of Mt Kenya region? Now they have utterly and crudely destroyed businesses in Kahawa West and taken away life by shooting.

“This insensitive regime must STOP terrorising the People of Kenya. We have not forgotten Kariobangi, we will not forget Ruai, the many premises you demolished along the Railway that doesn't work is still fresh, the Import stock you burnt down after "declaring" them counterfeit. You have now started in Kahawa West,” said MP Nyoro.

Security officers have been deployed in the area to restore peace and order.

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