Running battles as police engage protesters in Nakuru

At Mazembe Grounds, the police lobbed teargas canisters at the protesters who had blocked roads using burning tires. [Kennedy Gachuhi, Standard]

Police in Nakuru engaged residents in running battles in Pondamali Estate on Wednesday, July 12, morning.

The protests against the high cost of living were infiltrated by suspected members of criminal gangs also protesting the arrest of their 12 peers on Tuesday leading to a clash that lasted for hours.

Nakuru County Police Commander Samuel Ndanyi said that three suspects were arrested, one of them armed with a dagger with which he attempted to stab the arresting officer.

[Kennedy Gachuhi, Standard]

At some point, the police were forced to retreat after the protesters hailed stones at the officers.

The protests were still on at midday with police re-strategizing to ensure the protesters don't make it to the Nakuru city centre.