At least two people were yesterday morning shot dead as a section of residents of Kahawa West, Nairobi demonstrated the demolition of their property in the area.
Residents who owned structures on the roadside on a road leading to Kamiti prisons from the Farmers Choice area woke up to find them flattened by authorities.
The area is usually congested with pedestrians and vehicles.
This prompted them to stage a protest saying they had not been notified and had lost property worth millions of shillings.
Police said the demonstrators had blocked roads in the area inconveniencing many and some were taking advantage of the situation to loot forcing the shooting.
Learning on some institutions in the area was briefly affected as the demos raged. Transport too was affected before normalcy was restored.
Police used force including live bullets and teargas to disperse the demonstrators who had turned violent and were looting some valuables.
Some of the demonstrators carried the body of the victim for a while denying police a chance to collect it to the mortuary.
According to police, some structures were looted and some of those in the demos were drunk.
Multiple Property of unknown value was destroyed as authorities cleared structures near the road in the area for expansion of the road network.
Those affected claimed they had not been notified of the planned demolition as they counted losses.
“No notice was issued to us over this demolition. We have lost property that was our source of living,” shouted one of the affected people.
More security officials were deployed there to calm the situation.
This was to respond to the demonstrators who had lit bonfires on the road and used rocks to block the access areas.
Traffic police were positioned on some junctions to direct the movements as part of efforts to avoid further destruction.
Kiambu police boss Ali Nuno said they responded to the scene to control a situation that was getting out of hand.
He said the authorities concerned would investigate the incident.