In Summary
  • Police officers and the traders engaged in running battles, turning Voi streets into a no-go zone.

Police on Friday were forced to use teargas to disperse traders in Voi town, Taita Taveta County who were demanding the release of their colleagues.

The traders were protesting the arrest of nine colleagues at Caltex market on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway during a meeting called to protest over high taxes levied by the county government.

Police officers and the traders engaged in running battles, turning Voi streets into a no-go zone.

The traders burning tyres and stones to barricade Voi Town Road and police officers reacted by firing tear gas canister at the protesters.

The protests brought business in the town to a standstill and shop owners shut their downs for fear of being caught up in the chaos.

Voi Traders Association officials blamed the police for harassing them with no apparent reason.

“We were peaceful but they lobbed teargas [canisters] into the market where we were holding our meeting and arrested our members,” said the association’s chairperson Isabella Sato.

Page 1 of 2