A section of Mathare slums is on fire after a police officer dispersing protesting youths threw a burning tyre at a nearby house.
A couple of homes in Mabatini area caught fire as well as two private schools; Maji Mazuri Primary School and Abundant Life School.
The youths were demonstrating against the authorities crackdown on illicit brew also known as chang’aa.
A local blog reports that locals and fire fighters are already on site.
“When the police were trying to put off the fire, one officer accidentally threw a burning trye at a nearby house which immediately caught fire,” an eye witness told the blog.
Reports also indicate that the protests are still ongoing along Juja Road.
Juja road/mathare area. Please avoid. Still chaotic. 2 schools and some slum homes on fire. Demos still ongoing. pic.twitter.com/34A9ZTc3Xt
— Crime Watch Nairobi (@suemc_phee) April 3, 2019