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Eric Omondi arrested during cost of living protests outside Parliament

 Comedian Eric Omondi during arrest by police officers outside Parliament Buildings in Nairobi on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Police on Tuesday afternoon, February 21 arrested comedian Eric Omondi and other protesters for attempting to forcibly access Parliament during cost of living protests.

Omondi had led a group of well-built men in protesting against the skyrocketing cost of living.

 Comedian Eric Omondi and the other protesters were demanding an audience with the Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetangula. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

They blocked the busy Parliament Road in Nairobi, while demanding to be addressed by the National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula.

 Police had to lob teargas to disperse the protesters. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Police officers' attempts to persuade the protesters to leave the venue proved futile, prompting them to hurl teargas to disperse the crowd.

Omondi and a few other protesters were bundled into a police van and driven away.

Calm was restored on Tuesday afternoon.

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