Labour Day celebrations disrupted by boda boda riders

Labour day celebrations at Uhuru Park disrupted

Protestors at Uhuru Park

A group of youth and bodaboda riders momentarily disrupted the ongoing Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park.

Security personnel present appeared to have been caught unawares by the sudden commotion, which lasted for a few minutes.

Governor Mike Sonko seemed to have been caught unawares by the group which had worn t-shirts labelled Sonko Defence Forces (SDF).

The group had made their way into Uhuru Park running, shouting and blowing whistles as presentations by entertainment groups were ongoing.

Calm restored

Attempting to retain peace at the Labour Day Celebrations, the master of ceremony asked the group to be calm and wait to be addressed by the Nairobi County boss.

It was not clear what the rowdy youths, who wore T-shirts and banners bearing Sonko's image and name and shouting pro-Sonko chants, wanted.

Among the politicians present are Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper party leader), Senator Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), and MPs.

This year's Labour Day comes against the backdrop of the controversial 1.5 percent housing levy which the umbrella workers union Cotu has supported after several months of opposition.

Cotu rejected the new levy in September 2018, terming it unconstitutional and arguing that workers and employers were not consulted.

However, Atwoli later changed tune and said Cotu would support the levy which will see workers contribute 1.5 percent of their salaries if the government increases their wages by 15 percent.

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