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FURY OVER COVID FUNDS

[PHOTOS] Teargas, arrests as protesters battle police in Covid funds graft demos

Some activists were arrested by the anti-riot police.The demos were disrupted by cops who lobbed teargas canisters at the protesters.

In Summary

• Hundreds of youth on Friday held demonstrations at Uhuru park to protest the alleged mismanagement of Covid-19 funds in the country.

• The protesters condemned the used of force by police officers in spite the riots being peaceful.

Hundreds of youth on Friday held demonstrations at Uhuru park to protest the alleged mismanagement of Covid-19 funds in the country.

Hundreds of youth on Friday held demonstrations at Uhuru park to protest the alleged mismanagement of Covid-19 funds in the country.

The demonstrations were disrupted by police officers who lobbed teargas canisters at the protesters.

A protester takes part in a demonstration calling for arrest of coronavirus pandemic funds looters at Uhuru Park, Nairobi on August 21, 2020/ANDREW KASUKU
A protester takes part in a demonstration calling for arrest of coronavirus pandemic funds looters at Uhuru Park, Nairobi on August 21, 2020/ANDREW KASUKU
 
 

The disruption spilled over into the CBD where anti-riot police arrested 12 and dispersed activists who demanded for the arrest of 'Covid-19 millionaires'.

Those arrested were taken to Central police station.

 

The protesters condemned the used of force by police officers in spite the riots being peaceful.

Activists are teargassed during a demonstration calling for arrest of coronavirus pandemic funds looters at Uhuru Park, Nairobi on August 21, 2020/ANDREW KASUKU
Activists are teargassed during a demonstration calling for arrest of coronavirus pandemic funds looters at Uhuru Park, Nairobi on August 21, 2020/ANDREW KASUKU

"The police should be in their offices investigating instead of teargassing us,"one of the activist said.

"We will not stop demanding for our rights as Kenyans, they can teargas us as much as they want. We are demanding for the arrest of people who are known to have stolen Covid-19 billions but are still free."

An activist taking part in #ArrestCovid-19Thieves demo is arrested at Nairobi CBD on August 21, 2020/ANDREW KASUKU
An activist taking part in #ArrestCovid-19Thieves demo is arrested at Nairobi CBD on August 21, 2020/ANDREW KASUKU

The expenditure of Covid-19 funds has raised a lot of concerns leading to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe appearing before the National Assembly Health committee over queries on the same.

Kagwe dismissed claims that the Covid-19 billions can’t be accounted for as built on “theories and innuendos that are just fiction.”

"Reports from media are not part of proceedings of this House. We are not going to rely on innuendo or newspaper reports but a report by investigative agencies," he said.

The ministry further dismissed claims it has spent Sh43 billion towards the emergency, saying it has only received Sh23 billion.