Chaos, teargas and running battles as police clash with traders over demolitions

Chaos over demolitions

Scenes from Kisii county where police and traders clashed on March 26, 2021

Police on Friday engaged traders in running battles after they put up demonstrations in Kisii town.

The traders were protesting the demolition of their kiosks in what the county government has termed as reorganization of the town.

Police were forced to use teargas to disperse the protesters who had lit fires along the roads disrupting normal activities in the town.

Similar demolitions took place at Hema Street, the timber district of the town two weeks ago sparking concerns from the traders.

They claimed that the county government had only given them 48 hors to relocate their wares before they descended on their structures.

Some traders declared losses of close to Sh2 million in the demolitions stating that some of their commodities were stolen.

Municipal Manager Nahashon Ongeri at the time stated: "The municipal board is reorganising the town in a move aimed at attracting investors. We are not punishing traders, instead we are improving the status of this town."

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