Runda res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion protests against con­struc­tion of petrol sta­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi -

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.

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