Kenya: Somali Business in Eastleigh Closed for Fear of Election Violence

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 - 15:09:24 in Latest News by News Editor
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    Kenya: Somali Business in Eastleigh Closed for Fear of Election Violence

    NAIROBI (SomaliUpdate Online) — Major shopping malls, hawala shops and banks in Eastleigh, the Somali dominant neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya have closed their doors on Wednesday in fear of possible violence following the start of Jubilee party

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Eastleigh, the Somali dominant neighborhood in Nairobi. | A video screengrab photo.
NAIROBI (SomaliUpdate Online) — Major shopping malls, hawala shops and banks in Eastleigh, the Somali dominant neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya have closed their doors on Wednesday in fear of possible violence following the start of Jubilee party primaries in the capital city, Somaliupdate reports.
Ali Gutale, an operator at one of the hawala shops in Eastleigh said the business community in the area decided to remain closed on Wednesday as a precaution incase violence erupts during the ruling party’s nominations exercise which is taking place across Nairobi and other counties in the country.
"It’s our decision to close doors because in the past weeks there were politicians threatening violence” Gutale told Somaliupdate.
"The Eastleigh Business Community alerted the ship-owners to be vigilant during these days” he added.
On Wednesday at least one person stabbed to death and another injured after clashes erupted between rival groups in Pangani area, a suburb near Eastleigh in Nairobi.
The Somali community in Eastleigh is also concerned inthis year’s Kenya election as they recount the 2007-2008 post-election violence that killed more than 1,400 died and thousands others displaced.
"As election nears, many of my neighbors left fearing what will happen this year. I decided to stay because I have kids in school, but I am very scared” Hani Daud said as she was staying indoors on Wednesday.
"You never know what will happen, therefore I had prepared some food as I am keeping my kids indoors for at least today because of the ongoing primaries happening today” the mother of three added.
According to local media, during the past week there were several people killed and others wounded in Kenya after violent crowds stormed polling stations in different counties.
Political aspirants and supporters were also attacked.
There were no reported incidents in Eastleigh so far as Jubilee party primaries are taking place at several locations within Eastleigh.
The Somali Embassy in Nairobi does not issue alerts to Somali citizens, but according to sources within the Embassy they are going to monitor the situation and would give advice to only those concerned.

- SOMALIUPDATE ONLINE -


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