Our team was in Nairobi to witness clashes between demonstrators and police during a protest against President Ruto, his government, and the increasing cost of living in Kenya.
On May 2, demonstrators gathered in Nairobi to protest the ever-climbing cost of living in Kenya. Called to protest by opposition leader Raila Odinga, residents from the impoverished Kibera district, in the Kenyan capital, came together to hold the government to account for significant price increases to staple goods such as corn flour. Opposition leaders are also calling for reforms to the electoral commission after disputing the results of the 2022 general election which saw Dr. William Ruto declared president.
The protesters, who set up barricades on major roads around the Kenyan capital, targeted the police with projectiles. Kenyan police could be seen using tear gas on the assembled protesters, whilst several vehicles were set ablaze during the clashes.
Here is how our team in the newsroom validated the material we received from these violent scenes on the streets of the Kenyan capital.