In Summary
  • Nasa leaders were to preside over the memorial service for people allegedly killed by police during earlier chaos.
  • Residents said police officers forced their way into their houses claiming that they were looking for looters.
  • Traders claimed that the youths who were demonstrating broke into their shops and took some items before the police dispersed them.

Residents of Tena Estate along Manyanja Road have recounted the horror of the running battles between police and a crowd that intended to assemble at the Jacaranda Gardens.

Even though an uneasy calm has been restored in the area, residents who were helping one another to repair their businesses, said they had not recovered from the effects of the chaos.

They said the smell of tear gas thrown by anti-riot police on Tuesday is still in their houses.

On the streets, tyres burnt by youths who were stopped from attending a memorial meeting that was to take place at the Jacaranda Garden could still be seen.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Nasa leaders were to preside over the memorial service that was meant to remember people who were allegedly killed in the chaos that rocked Nairobi during the arrival of Mr Raila Odinga from the US.

But police had warned Nasa that they would not be allowed to converge at the grounds on the day President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were being sworn in.

The pungent smell of teargas still rented the air, sending residents to tears and sneezing every time the wind wafted it towards them.

Residents said police officers forced their way into their houses claiming that they were looking for looters.

TEARGAS

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