Kasarani residents have for the last 3 days been protesting the poor state of roads in the Jubilee stronghold.
Residents have entirely put the blame on area Member of Parliament Mercy Gakuya, whom they say is hardly ever visits her constituency as she is always busy on trips abroad.
#Kasarani vote in an incompetent Mp who has never contributed anything in parliament yet claims to be representing her constituents… The people of Kasarani you need to recall her before 2022 pic.twitter.com/ed59Z3NAMD
— Basho (@bm_bashir) January 15, 2020
— IG @Deejaysylar (@DeejaySylar) January 15, 2020
She’s not even in kenya as we speak ????mlichagua sura
— DJ PSKRATCH™ (@PSKRATCH1) January 15, 2020
The greatest development a leader can give his people is better accessible roads & water. What has Mercy given us honestly?
— Patrick Osoro (@PatrickOsoro7) January 15, 2020
useless leader, I have ever seen in my time.
— Baraza James (@baraza_james) January 15, 2020
She has failed as leader of kasarani….
— Antony Tishipa (@tishipaantony) January 15, 2020
Cdf amepeleka wapi ama anajienjoy nayo cz ako maternity na watu wa maternity Wana umia
— Mohamud (@Mohamud55760234) January 15, 2020
She doesn’t care about this side as she stays on the chokaa side..
— Cool Ruler™ (@EarlDab) January 15, 2020
On Wednesday, tension escalated after a convoy of heavy crowd-control machinery was seen making way into the area following word of a third consecutive demo.
So instead of sending a contractor to #Kasarani wametuma polisi. And these lorries were bought to fight NASA supporters, now they are here to fight Jubilee supporters. Revolutions do eat their children for real. pic.twitter.com/szf7RHvl9j
— Mak Mansa (@mansathedon) January 15, 2020
Police would soon engage them in running battles as they fired both teargas canisters and live ammunition. In the process, a young boy whose age is yet to be verified, lost his life. He joined the list of three others who have reportedly died since the demos began.
— faith muriuki (@tshikomuriuki) January 15, 2020
Dictator Uhuru Kenyatta could have sent repair trucks and tractors. Instead he has dispatched militarized policemen to brutally attack the citizens of #Kasarani & #Mwiki for daring ask why they pay taxes but their roads are full of potholes#IStandWithKasarani#IStandWithMwiki pic.twitter.com/VJo2GJf0lS
— Dictator Watch (@Citizen_Alert1) January 15, 2020
— Dictator Watch (@Citizen_Alert1) January 15, 2020
Welcome to Kenya republic of China…A young boy lost his life during demonstrations….Revolution eats it's own people..we must stand and say no to police brutality and extra judicial killings #Kasarani pic.twitter.com/qvpxkQSfqa
— Frank Digital Marketer (@archfrankm) January 15, 2020
If the brutality of the police all day long has not been enough to call for attention, then the life of this boy is. It is such a country where telling a person things will get better sounds like an insult #Kasarani pic.twitter.com/1eCXVovxT4
— neymar kelvin (@NeymarVockey) January 15, 2020
This evening, angry residents marched to Mwiki Police Station carrying his lifeless body to demand for answers over his killing.
They, once again, responded by firing teargas to disperse the crowd.
The police have responded by firing teargas to disperse the crowd. Wicked nation! pic.twitter.com/iPrAxaz3q3
— Instructor (@Symoh_muchiri) January 15, 2020
Some thugs in the area took advantage of the commotion and went into full swing; breaking into homes and shops, making away with valuable items and injuring some civilians in the process.
Those who organized the demo, however, quickly came out to squash reports saying protesters were behind the looting, making it clear that they had issued a notice warning to those attending, urging them to maintain peace and calm during the exercise.
— 🇰🇪 Ken Githaiga (@Githaiger) January 15, 2020
Majority of those asked for comment condemned MP Mercy Gakuya for having allowed the law enforcement officers to brutalize them, saying she should have intervened and listen to her people instead.
What is she doing???people are being killed in her area of duty and she cant avail hersepf to even give a statement, the audacity, smh.
— AnnSusan (@AnnSusan16) January 15, 2020
Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga’s handshake has also not not been received very well in the area, with some saying it is founded on the same selfish ideologies the two leaders’ fathers founded the nation under.
— Eliazer kiplimo (@LaizerLelei) January 15, 2020
Raila and Uhuru came together so that they can complete the work their fathers started; acquiring more wealth and mercilessly killing whoever is against them. Kasarani has started, i just need 40 people in Juja and we kick off. retweet!! #DespotsMustFall#Kasarani
— kimathi timothy (@eng_kimathitim) January 15, 2020
Githeri media has been criticised for blatantly ignoring the demos that could hit day 4 tomorrow; some viewing the situation as a perfect example of how low the standards of our local press have fallen as meaningless political talk continues to dominate prime time segments.
Any media reporting what's happening in #Kasarani?
— gathara (@gathara) January 15, 2020
It’s amazing. @ntvkenya‘s report on the #Kasarani protests barely mentioned the claim of deaths and the reporter seemed uninterested in following up on it. Very reminiscent of what happened after the August 8 elections when KE media was GoK’s instrument for blacking out protests.
— gathara (@gathara) January 15, 2020
The Jubilee administration has blacked out anything to do with Kasaran….Brace! Brace! Brace
— Memooo (@Memkip) January 15, 2020
I’m here watching citizen TV…I expected this to be the first news….but these mofos have decided it’s not important….
— Max Kutai (@KutaiMax) January 15, 2020
I dont sympathise with Kasarani residence, between 2013-2014, we had the worst Area Mp called John Njoroge, whose core role was grabbing, come 2017, they elected Mercy Gakuy, she has never been seen or heard in Parliament, all problem is because of tribalism
— ©Soccer Analyst Tips (@Goalscores_News) January 15, 2020
Saa zingine media huwa wako useless kabisa.
— Kiko Enjani (@KikoEnjani) January 15, 2020
Everything has been at a standstill since morning in #Kasarani . businesses closed since Monday but wait for Prime time news and see what Githeri media reports. “The BBI divide, Ruto apinga BBI…” as if the common man cares about BBI! #Kasarani
— JK (@Nyigi_) January 15, 2020
As they scampered for safety to avoid the wrath of teargas the constituents couldn’t believe that the same administration they defended with their lives was back to end theirs.
This is how other netizens reacted to the story.
Painful to see the pictures of bullet-ridden bodies of young people, whose only sin is to peacefully protest against bad roads. You cannot talk of building bridges when you murder the youth and you extinguish their future. #StandUp4HumanRights #Kasarani @AmnestyKenya @thekhrc
— Dr. Roselyn Akombe (@DrRoselynAkombe) January 15, 2020
Uhuru's term is perfect replica of Kenyatta senior rule. Political assassinations, Corruption at it's top, dictatorial rule and a divided country. To those of us who not present during kenyatta1 rule here is a repeat.#JKLive #kasarani #DespotsMustFall
— kabugua Mbau (@Kabuguawilliam) January 15, 2020
#Kasarani residents are fighting for their rights. Those demos should be replicated countrywide. Jubilee govt has failed not just in Kasarani it's all over and it doesn't want to be held accountable. We must stand up and fight the despots in our our govt #DespotsMustFall
— Jenerali (@luhyabandit) January 15, 2020
The set books we were reading in highschool thinking it was all a fantasy its happening in real in our country…Do you remember Mstahiki Meya and Kidagaa Kimemwozea can you relate #Kasarani
— Libra AF (@SZilpah) January 15, 2020
What is happening in #Kasarani is totally unacceptable. Why should anyone die just for protesting for better roads which is their right in the first place?!! @PoliceKE these needless deaths are on you.
— Edwin Sifuna (@edwinsifuna) January 15, 2020
When poor Kenyas are battling police personnel ,what do you think this STupid Politicians are talking about us.2020 don't make same mistake,vile tunarushia polisi mawe asking for our rights ,ivyo ndio tutarushia politicias mawe. #Kenya #KasaraniUpdates #Kasarani #BBI4Kenyans pic.twitter.com/SrUELZGL21
— Nakuru Trend Setter (@zammunatony) January 15, 2020
#Kasarani was one of the Jubilee Strong Holds in the General elections. The same people they put in Power are now using government machinery against them. When James Orengo Said The Government eats its own people and will punish you more, this sadly, is exactly what he meant. 😩
— BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) January 15, 2020
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