Transport along Garissa – Mwingi – Nairobi road paralyzed


By Abdi Ali, Garissa.

G-Coach bus

Travelers from Nairobi to North Eastern Kenya and vice versa had a difficult time today after demonstrations in Mwingi town took an ugly turn.

Angry protesters blocked the main road and started stoning buses causing huge damages on Public service vehicles before police came in.

Two buses owned by Earth Plane bus company and another owned by G-Coach were badly damaged. Several people also sustained slight injuries inflicted by Shrapnel of the smashed windscreens.

Somali businesses in the town were also closed for fear vandalism. Police provided escort to the buses but even then protesters kept hurling stones at them.

Vehicles coming from Garissa were advised to stay at Ukasi trading center but were later escorted by police too.

Up to 20 buses heading to and from the Dadaab refugee camps, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera ply the route daily.

The protesters were angry at the recent killings in Mandera by Al-Shabaab. 36 quarry workers were killed on Tuesday while 28 others were killed by the same militia on November 22.

The gunmen separated Non-Muslims from Muslims on both occasion before killing them in cold blood.

A snap check by Nepjournal on bus booking offices in Garissa revealed not a single bus ticket was issued after the incident was reported.

Trips for the buses scheduled to travel later in the day were all cancelled.





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