Kenyan actor Shaniqwa, whose real name is Kelvin Mwangi Thiong’o, sustained bruises on the arm Thursday morning (November 17) after the National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters clashed with the police on Mombasa Road. Shaniqwa’s vehicle was stoned during the chaos.
The NASA procession, which predominantly comprised the youth, had gone to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to welcome NASA leader, Raila Odinga, who had been away in the United States and United Kingdom for ten days.
Shaniqwa was going for a meeting at the Standard Group Centre, which is located on Mombasa Road.
It remains unclear whether Shaniqwa, who was driving from home, sought medical attention, as our attempts to seek a comment from him bore no fruits, given his phone was offline.
“Shaniqwa sustained minor injuries during the Friday morning chaos. Although I am yet to receive a new update from him, I know he is well. His phone is switched off,” said Shaniqwa’s close friend known as Brian.
KTN reporter Duncan Khaemba also sustained head injuries during the Friday morning chaos. Mr Khaemba, who was covering Mr Odinga’s return, was injured by youth near Muthurwa Market, when the NASA supporters clashed with police.
Police managed to restrict NASA supporters out of Uhuru Park, which was their intended destination.
Mr Odinga addressed his supporters at Upperhill in Nairobi, where he faulted the police for repulsing his supporters, who had gone to receive him at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
“I appreciate and thank you (supporters) for turning out in large numbers to receive me at the airport. My anger has been triggered by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto. I have returned home from abroad, and President Uhuru Kenyatta knew where I was. It is not like he did not know. Instead of welcoming me appropriately into the country, he sends the police to teargas me and my supporters. That is cruel,” said Mr Odinga.
Mr Odinga further said he thought President Uhuru Kenyatta would receive him at the JKIA after touching down, but that did not happen.
“I thought (President) Uhuru will come to receive me at the airport. Uhuru refused, and chose to spend time with his deputy, William Ruto,” he said.
The Opposition chief further said that the American people have pledged to support his push for “political change” in the country.
“Receive greetings from the American people. They are praying for you, and have assured me that change in the country is something they will support,” said Mr Odinga.