Maandamano Mondays in Photos – 20th March3 min read.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s supporters took to the streets on Monday, 20th March 2023 to protest the high cost of living in Kenya.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s supporters took to the streets on monday to protest against surging prices for basic necessities, as well as a sharp drop in the local shilling against the US dollar and a drought that has left millions hungry.
A large police contingent was deployed around the major towns and authorities strictly restricted movement in potential hot-spots especially around Nairobi like Kibera, Mathare, Huruma, Lucky Summer to mention but a few.
Shops in the larger central business district remained closed, some schools cancelled classes and less traffic on the streets than normal was experienced.
The protestors engaged police in running battles on the streets as others found it ruff in the hands of the law enforers, who were under strict instructions to contain the city.
Mr. Odinga motorcade also came under heavy police resistance as he was trying to access the central business district to join his supporters. However he has vowed to keep their supporters on the streets against the government every monday until all his demands are met.
Thika Super Highway early morning with no traffic heading to Nairobi.
A man pulls his cart along a traffic-less Moi Avenue on Monday morning.
Armed police guarding entries to government buildings withing the Nairobi Central Business District, Lt. Tumbo Avenue and City hall Way.
Protesters taking over the streets to voice their concerns as some enjoy a game of “soccer.”
Some protestors found it rough in the hands of police officers.
Both local and international journalists used all means to cover the demonstrations.
Kenyans who were lucky to make it to their offices following the protest proceedings from the safety of their windows.
Shops in the larger Nairobi Central Business District remained closed.
Plain clothes police offficers plotting how to disperse protestors and executing their security plan.
Protesters scatter for safety near KenCom bus station.
A protester braves teargas to dance on the street along City Way, Nairobi.
Protesters in Kaloleni light bonfires on the road.
Police officers putting out burning tyres along Jogoo Road, Nairobi.
Chaos, roadblocks and confusion along Ricana and City Stadium area as innocent Kenyans scatter for safety.
An injured lady journalist is helped to safety by a fellow journalist.
Police barricade Kenyatta Avenue as Raila Odinga’s convoy makes its way from Serena Hotel through a heavy cloud of teargas.
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Nairobi witnessed a new wave of protests on Tuesday, 2nd May 2023.
Kenya’s opposition wing led by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition Leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday May 2nd 2023 staged a new wave of anti-government demonstrations in the country. Here is a sneak peek into how the demonstrations fared across the city of Nairobi.
Anniversary Towers on University Way which houses the IEBC offices remained under heavy security both outside and inside as policed braced for a clash with protesters.
Anti-riot police officers on horse back patrol Uhuru Highway in anticipation of the march by demonstrators.
A heavy contingent of anti-riot police deployed along Kenya International Conference Centre and Supreme Court premises ahead of the anticipated resumption of Azimio la Umoja anti-government protests.
Journalists and media practitioners from various media houses cover the anti-government protests in various streets around the Nairobi Central Business District.
The Nairobi Central Business District remained relatively calm with most residents going about their activities yesterday in spite of the concerns about the protests.
Security remained heightened along all access routes leading to Statehouse Nairobi.
Riders found it hard to access the Central Business District yesterday afternoon as anti-riots police blocked major roads and alleys leading into the city.
Earlier in the day, irate protestors burned down a minibus plying the Ngong-Nairobi route at Posta, along Ngong Road.
A private security guard mans a building entrance along Haile Selassie Avenue which was one of the earmarked routes for protests.
Nairobi: A City of Content Creators
For many youthful content creators that the Elephant interacted with, creating content is a source of income.
On a Sunday afternoon take a leisurely walk along Kenyatta Avenue, Kimathi Street, Muindi Mbingu and Koinange Streets on Sundays. Everywhere you’ll find young Kenyans with their cameras creating content of one form or the other.
Ms. Mercy Lubembe, 20 years old, explained, “Sundays are the days you will witness that Nairobi has beautiful buildings. All this makes videos and pictures look really swanky with amazing backgrounds”.
For many youthful content creators that the Elephant interacted with, creating content is a source of income. Here are some of the photos of what the streets look like on a Sunday.
Maandamano Thursdays in Photos – 30th March
In Nairobi the opposition coalition marked its third day and second week of protests by engaging the residents of Imara Daima, Kware and Mukuru Kwa Njenga. It all started peacefully before turning ugly as the day progressed.
Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga on Thursday 31 March 2023 led anti-government demonstrations across the country. In Nairobi the opposition coalition marked its third day and second week of protests by engaging the residents of Imara Daima, Kware and Mukuru Kwa Njenga. It all started peacefully before turning ugly as the day progressed.
Businesses in the Nairobi Central Business District were open for the better part of the day after security forces managed to lock out opposition protesters for the second time since the demonstrations started.
A lady tries to protect herself from teargas along Juja Road.
A tree that provides shade to Bunge la Wananchi on Jacaranda grounds was cut down by police.
Parents around the Jacaranda grounds rushed to various schools to pick up their children as news spread that opposition supporters were making their way to the area for a political rally.
Protestors barricade the Donholm underpass with stones and tires.
A protestor throws stones at the police in the Quarry area as passers-by try to get away from the scene.
Major standoff between police and protesters in the Pipeline area after a police officer was seriously wounded and a protestor shot and killed.
Some protestors walked away with police shields taken from wounded officers.
To reach their customers in Fedha Estate, delivery riders had to make tough choices after finding themselves caught between the police and stone-throwing protesters.
Kenyans coming from work are caught up in the fracas.
A police officer pleading with protestors in the Soweto area to remain calm.
Members of the press were under constant attack from both the police and the protestors as they covered the protests around the country.
A demonstrator supplying frontline protestors with stones in the Pipeline area.
Protesters cross a police roadblock on Old Donholm Road to join the opposition leaders’ motorcade.
Police provide cover for residents helping to open the road at Donholm.
A protester executing cartwheels on Jogoo Road.
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