Why Police teargassed Uhuru Park CORD Supporters on Madaraka Day

Police in Nairobi reportedly had to use teargas to disperse rowdy youth at the end of the rally organised by CORD leaders at Uhuru Park on Madaraka Day.

According to a Reuters witness quoted by The Star, a scuffle ensued, but it was not immediately established what pushed police to fire teargas.

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Some witnesses said that as the meeting came to a close, several attendees started looting, which prompted police to fire teargas to disperse them.

Despite suspicion by many that the rally would turn chaotic, no major incidences were reported, other than the one at the close of the event.

Earlier in the day, police had arrested five people with crude weapons as they tried to gain entry into Uhuru Park grounds, where CORD was holding its parallel Madaraka Day rally to that of the government.

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According to Kilimani OCPD Peter Kattam, the men were arrested while on board a matatu heading to the grounds, and were taken to the police station.

CORD in a statement on Tuesday May 31, had declined a request by police that they change their Madaraka Day rally from Uhuru Park to another venue due to security reasons

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