Property worth hundreds of millions of shillings was destroyed on Monday during the countrywide demonstrations organized by Coalition for Reforms and Democracy CORD.
There was a sporadic wave of violence across the country as rowdy youth went on a mayhem, looting and stealing spree while inflicting terror and pain to whoever they came in contact with.
In Kisumu County, one man was shot dead and 27 others including a six-year old boy nursing serious gun wounds as an angry mob engaged the police. Supermarkets in Kisumu were on the receiving end as people looted, broke the glasses and burned down some of the products. Cars and some shops were also burned down all in the name of trying to express an opinion about the nine commissioners at the helm of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC.
In Migori, Siaya and Homa Bay, terror rained all over and for more than nine hours, businesses came to a standstill. The police largely restrained themselves from using force especially after the High Court ordered them to provide security. Most protesters, however, kept on provoking them for violence.
Nairobi experienced violence in various parts. In Huruma and Mathare, violence lasted for more than 14 hours as demonstrators looted, burned property and engaged each other in throwing stones. For more than six hours, no vehicle operated along Juja Road and one bus that attempted to test the waters was burned down. Businesses and schools closed the whole of Monday and business people are counting losses. There is a rumour that business people are planning a counter attack to those they presume attacked their businesses.
In Kibera slums, things were not different. Businesses were closed and children turned out of schools. People lit fires in the streets and barricaded the roads forcing people to opt to work to their work places.
Within the Nairobi CBD, demonstrations which were being led by the three CORD principals, were this round generally peaceful and fewer number of police were deployed.
The opposition has said that it is going to increase the number of days for demonstrations from one to two and there after graduate to daily protests. Kenyan economy is headed to the dogs and politicians are heading it there. The Head of State has to wake up from his slumber and break of the chain of sycophants surrounding him and make a sound decision.
Kenya has started to burn. Drums of war are now at their peak. Instead of mourning, people are dancing. Blood has started flowing in the streets and it is time we acted.