Business activities in Kenya’s capital city have been disrupted by the planned demonstrations by opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters.
As of 8 a.m. on Monday, most shops remained closed in Nairobi CBD as traders took precautions. The streets were unusually empty as police kept a strong presence in certain key government installations including KICC, Parliament Building and Harambee House.
Even the usual Monday morning traffic was lacking.
Police have been strategically deployed in various points in the city as well as estates with a violent history.
There was heavy police presence along Processional Way (the route leading to State House) in Nairobi. A part of the Arboretum drive was also closed.
In Kibera, a slum area where Raila enjoys massive support, running battles were witnessed as irate youth pelted stones at police and journalists as they tried to make their way into the CBD.
Kenya Kwanza leaders are expected to lead counter-protests to the homes of Raila and his allies Kalonzo Musyoka and Martha Karua. They accused them of inciting violence and anarchy in the country.
President William Ruto has assured Kenyans that their lives and businesses are safe ahead of the planned mass action by the opposition. He said he is willing to engage any leader on any issue of national interest but he will not condone anarchy.