Kibera youth riot over alleged shooting of Raila car, gunshots reported


Raila Odinga’s car which was allegedly shot at during anti-IEBC demos in Nairobi on Monday May 16, 2016. Photo/ Courtesy

Angry Kibera youths on Monday evening tried to uproot a section of the railway line at Kibera in protests against the alleged shooting of Cord leader Raila Odinga’s car.

Unconfirmed reports said that the youths actually destroyed the line at around 9.30pm; the extent of injuries following the stand off remains unknown.

The riots were a continuation of demos against the continued stay in office of the IEBC officials which were dispersed by riot police.

Raila’s windscreen was claimed to have been hit at by police where it was parked as he joined hundreds of his supporters for the third sit-in at Anniversary towers earlier on Monday.

Conflicting reports indicated that the railway line was uprooted while others indicated that police were called in to disperse the angry youths before they could succeed in delinking the railway.

However, the Star could not independently verify the reports of the damage on the rail line.

The ardent Cord supporters engaged police in running battles following the stand off.

Police cordoned off the Kibera bypass as well as areas along the railway passing through the slum upgrades.

Shots were heard at Lindi and Kisumu Ndogo.

CORD wants IEBC commissioners to vacate office over claims they are biased and cannot preside over a fair election in 2017.