- Many NASA supporters marched along Mombasa road ahead of the arrival of their leader Raila Odinga.
- Police had a hard time keeping the supporters from getting into the airport.
- The march disrupted activity on the usually busy road as some supporters hurled stones at motorists.
National Super Alliance NASA) supporters on the morning of November 17 headed to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to welcome the party leader Raila Odinga.
Raila has been away in the United States for a 10-day trip. He went to London and the US to seek reforms in the electoral process.
Police had a hectic time keeping rowdy youths off the airport. The supporters disrupted traffic along Mombasa road.
The supporters took an early march towards the airport despite an early warning by the government. Some leaders, accompanied by the supporters were denied access as they got to the airport.
The police were forced to use tear gas on the supporters when they proved hard to control. Motorists along the busy road were not left behind as NASA supporters started hurling stones at them.
NASA leaders vowed to defy the order not to ask their supporters to skip going to the airport even after Embakasi Member of Parliament Paul Ongiri aka Babu Owino, former Starehe Parliamentary aspirant Steve Mbogo and Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang were arrested by the police on November 16.
The three were arrested as they headed to a rally in Kibra. They were charged with riding motorbikes without helmets but were later released.
The attempt by security to keep supporters off the airport was met with bile as supporters reminded the police that they had to welcome back their leader.
These are some of the comments;
Yes we need to be protected. Police should be brought to salute Raila. Boinet should come too— BonnyWanandwa (@DrBonface) November 17, 2017
This is at JKIA on 9th Oct 2014 when @UKenyatta returned from ICC. @JBoinnet should know internet never forgets. Let him prepare more canons and tear gas to chase away tourists if indeed the laws of our land changed #RailaReturns pic.twitter.com/nXbSwFs4a2— Pal Jeff (@Pal_Jeff) November 17, 2017
The same people lined up to receive certain ICC suspects when they returned home after a hearing. If that wasn’t idleness then i do not know what that was.— Wycliffe Odondi (@McOdondi) November 17, 2017
Illitrate police who doesnt know the law i dont know what they at kiganjo while training is this what they are taught— leonardohdecaprih (@LeonardMuhati) November 17, 2017
Shame upon Kenyan police why don't they let NASA BE— Nsereko Ivan (@NserekoIvanUg) November 17, 2017
Uhuru and Ruto have been greeted by the public on arrival at JKIA from ICC. Let the people meet the people's Assembly president at the public airport.— Edith Omwami (@AfriDevMama) November 17, 2017
By blocking NASA supporters from welcoming Raila is not being fair to them its like being denied a chance to welcome your father at home from work surely do you expect anything good from him?— peter (@aduolpeter) November 17, 2017
Its either they allow us or engage us in running battles tge whole day and business will become stand still at the arport .Don't try 12million pple— Rhyne 001 (@Rhyne001) November 17, 2017
If Matiba was received, kibaki was even uhuru from icc then i think Raila should also be allowed to avoid double standards. So long as it's peaceful.— Gerald Kiriama (@KiriamaGerald) November 17, 2017