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Monday, May 17, 2016, a section of the streets of Nairobi saw a bloody clash between the Kenya anti-riot police and demonstrators advocating for reforms to the electoral body, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). CAUTION: The Images are very Graphic

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This would be the third of such demonstrations lead by the opposition party CORD, but the bloodiest so far. The anti-riot police fired tear gas into the crowd and chased after the demonstrators with some being caught on camera giving demonstrators inhumane beatings.

The following are picture posted by the Daily Mail on the Pre-Elections Violence (PEV) witnessed on the streets of Nairobi yesterday.Pre-Elections Violence (PEV); Anti-Riot Police clashes with Demonstrators seeking Electoral Body Reforms ahead of Kenya 2017 pollsPre-Elections Violence (PEV); Anti-Riot Police clashes with Demonstrators seeking Electoral Body Reforms ahead of Kenya 2017 polls

These are tweets being made by tweeps from both sides of the political divide.

The tweets above goes to show how social media is playing a vital role in providing a platform where citizens can give their views on national matters. While the some of the tweets are unsettling, they do highlight a symptom to a severe disease affecting the political landscape of Kenya, which all political leaders ought to be ashamed.

As a country, Kenya has more than enough problems. The last thing the country needs is destructive energy pitting police versus civilians, civilians versus police, or worse civilians versus civilians. Like witnessed in the Post-Election Violence (PEV) that followed the 2007 Kenya Polls, where there were allegations of the police force being used by the incumbent to carry out extrajudicial killings in areas perceived to be the opposition’s strongholds.


 

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