Runda residents’ association protests against construction of petrol station
Runda residents have protested against the construction of a petrol station in the neighbourhood. They blocked the Eastern Bypass near the Two Rivers Mall for the better part of Thursday morning.
They were led by MCA Kamau Thuo and leaders of the Runda Gardens Residents’ Association. Youths from the nearby Githogoro slum engaged police in running battles as they lit bonfires, placed stones on the road and ordered motorists to use alternative routes.
Police intervened. Thuo said, “Runda is an area with controlled development. We do not want the petrol station set up here because that violates the law..”
He said City Hall had initially not approved the change of user request from residential to allow the construction of a petrol station. “But I was shocked when City Hall later accepted the change of user request,” Thuo said.