Sonko Chased away by NASA supporters

By Allan Tawai

Hundreds of NASA supporters chased Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko out of a polling station as votes were counted on Thursday.

They stormed Mulu Mutisya Gardens polling station in Machakos county asking that Sonko leave the premises.

The Governor’s motorcade left the station in haste as the anti-election protesters chanted ‘NASA! NASA!’.

The demonstrators turned on IEBC officials and ordered them to stop tallying results from the repeat presidential election.

Shouting ‘Funga! Funga! (Close! Close!)’, they threatened to destroy election materials including cast votes.

Anti-riot police officers then arrived and barred the protesters from attacking voters and IEBC officials.

Earlier in the day, two people were shot dead in protests in Mavoko.

Police fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse demonstrators who hurled stones at them.

IEBC officials hurriedly stopped the vote counting exercise, closed the station and moved it to Machakos University, which is the constituency tallying center.

Security officers gained more strength after eight vehicles with a contingent of police joined them in repulsing the rioters.

The youths barricaded several roads in the town including Machakos – Makueni, Machakos – Kitui and burnt tyres few metres from Machakos Level Five Hospital.

The situation paralysed businesses in the entire town as shops were closed.

Traders in transport industry including boda boda operators removed their vehicles from the road to safety.

More than 10 people sustained injuries and property of unknown value got destroyed during the skirmishes.

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