Narok-Nairobi-Bomet Highway Blocked as Rival Matatu Saccos Clash

  • Traffic along the Narok-Nairobi-Bomet highway was disrupted on Saturday as groups of matatu operators engaged in street battles.

    Nation reports that chaos broke out when members of 2 rival matatu saccos each laid claim to a passenger stage in Narok town.

    Members of the public soon joined in and the situation quickly degenerated into running battles.

    Business was disrupted as the groups pelted each other with stones and burnt tires along the busy highway. 

    A protester carrying a stone

    Petrol stations and shops remained closed for the better part of Saturday morning.

    Police officers were forced to lob teargas to disperse the protesters and restore calm in the town. 

    This incident brought back memories of a similar clash in Narok town in September 2018.

    Traders at Uhuru market had taken to the streets to protest it's demolition. 

    Muthurwa market was set ablaze during the demonstration which left one person dead and seven others injured.

    Here are more photos from today's protests: 

    Rival groups pelting stones during the protest in Narok town on March 30, 2019
    The aftermath of the protest in Narok town on March 30, 2019
    Rival groups pelting stones during the protest in Narok town on March 30, 2019