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Violence, street fires as Muthurwa-Marikiti traders clash with police over arrest of officials - 8 months ago, 12 July 11:35

Josphat Thiong’o

Chaos, street fires and tear gas Thursday took centre stage along Haile Selassie and Jogoo roads after police got into running battles with traders from Wakulima and Marikiti markets.

Business was brought to a standstill after the traders who were protesting the arrest of their chairman identified Cyrus Kaguta and five others by the authorities, lit fires smack in the middle of the roads causing a heavy traffic snarl up.

As early as 7.am, the scene was dotted with Administration police officers as well as regular police who were armed to the teeth with rungus and teargas canisters ready to take on the frantic traders.

Thick smoke emanating from the fires and teargas wrenched the air as the traders hurled soda bottles, stones and anything they could get their hands on at the police.

The traders were also protesting the high county rates charged to them.

Trouble however began on Wednesday ...
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