Kenyan police fire tear gas on anti-corruption protesters

2016-11-03 17:01
Tear gas canisters rain down next to opposition supporters as they taunt riot police during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. (Ben Curtis, AP)

Tear gas canisters rain down next to opposition supporters as they taunt riot police during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. (Ben Curtis, AP)

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Nairobi - A Kenyan official says police fired tear gas on anti-corruption protesters demanding the president to act on corrupt or resign.

Central Nairobi's police chief Paul Wanjama said police dispersed the group to avoid a possible clash with a separate group that supports the president.

Wanjama could not explain why the other group was not tear-gassed.

There were no arrests, Wanjama said.

The protests were sparked off by allegations that around $50 million has been diverted from the health ministry.

Such scandals are putting public pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking re-election next year with the pledge to eradicate corruption.

Kenya is among the most corrupt countries in the world and was ranked 139 out of 168 countries in a 2015 index by Transparency International..

Read more on:    uhuru ke­n­yatta  |  kenya  |  east africa

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