Nairobi protests turn chaotic as police use teargas to disperse the crowd

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Ten people have been arrested as protests against the high cost of living and graft at the Ministry of Education turned chaotic.

Kenyan police have fired tear gas to break up protests in the capital, Nairobi, against the high price of food and fuel.

Police were forced to lob several teargas canisters to disperse the group of Unga Revolution campaigners who are pressing for a reduction in the cost of flour as well the sacking of Education minister Prof Sam Ongeri.

Crowds of people, many of them students, blocked traffic in the city centre. Shopkeepers closed their stores, fearing that they would be attacked. Riot police stopped the demonstrators from presenting their grievances to the prime minister.

According to the Kenya local media, the Ministry of Education has of late been on the spotlight over the loss of Sh4.2 billion meant for the Free Primary Education kitty.

The group, which was later on joined by a number of university students, had initially gathered at the Kencom bus terminus, where they in turns, vented their anger at the government failure to reduce the price of flour.

Consumers have been paying between Sh130 and Sh140 for a 2kg packet of maize flour, up from Sh75 at the beginning of the year but according to them, this should be reduced to Sh30.

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