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Daily Nation : January 30th 2014
22 | County News DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 NAIROBI |Matatu crew engage officers in running battles JEFF ANGOTE | NATION Police officers at Roysambu on the Thika Superhighway put out a fire yesterday lit by touts protesting the shooting to death of a colleague on Tuesday night. The protesters alleged the conductor was shot by a police officer. Protests as tout is killed in cold blood Conductors accuse police of shooting 22-year-old in demand for bribe BY PETER OBUYA @pobuya email@example.com AND OTIATO GUGUYU @googooyuh firstname.lastname@example.org killing of a colleague by an unknown gunman. The touts who were joined C by boda bodas from the area barricaded the roads around Roysambu-Thika Superhighway roundabout and lit fires even as they engaged police in running battles during the protest. Motorists from Zimmerman and Githurai 44 were forced to use the Northern By-pass LAMU Chiefs warned against selling land BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Administrators have been warned against selling or allocating land. The National Lands Commission chairman, Dr Muhamed Swazuri, yesterday said the officers would be arrested if it was established that they were dishing out land. Dr Swazuri told residents that chiefs did not have pow- ers to allocate land and those in possession of such illegally acquired land would face the law. “Administrators have no permission whatsoever to distribute land to the public,” said Dr Swazuri the public at Lamu Fort. Grabbers He promised the residents that the commission would resolve land conflicts especially in schemes like Swahili, Nairobi Ranch and Ras Kitau. He also pledged to ensure that Kililana people were compensated. Governor Issa Abdalla Timamy said his government would work tirelessly to end land conflicts in the region. “I will not keep quiet as the rich continue to take advantage of the poor. Those who grabbed land will give it back,” said Dr Timamy. haos rocked Roysambu yesterday morning as touts protested the to reach the city centre as the riots that began at about 5am extended to the better part of the morning. The protesters claimed that a tout who was reportedly working late in the night on Tuesday, was shot dead by people they alleged to be 5am Time matatu crew started barricading roads in protest. policemen. The 22-year-old tout, who was only identified by his colleagues as Irush Junior, was allegedly shot by the “policemen” after a brief altercation following a demand for a bribe by the armed men. “They disagreed before the policeman drew out his gun and shot at him twice on the head and on the chest,” claimed Mr Leonard Kama, a protesting tout who was at the scene. Nairobi deputy police boss Moses Ombati, however, denied that police officers were involved in the killing. “We were informed about this incident long after it had happened and we are yet to know those who were involved and the motive behind it,” Mr Ombati said at the scene. He urged the protesters to follow the due process of law and volunteer information to help with investigations. But the touts were unsatis- fied with Mr Ombati’s remarks and continued with their protests as they demanded that their grievances be immediately addressed. “We have consequently withdrawn our matatus from the roads until our grievances are addressed, failure to which we shall continue with the protests,” chairman of the touts association, Mr James Wahome said. Mr Wahome said they would report the matter to the police oversight authority.
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