A big demonstration has been organized in the city of Naivasha in Kenya on Monday 19 June, which hosts the Safari Rally Kenya. Hundreds of local youths occupied the main road in Naivasha and demonstrated against the organizers of the rally. The people demand job opportunities that the FIA World Rally Championship event could offer them.
Demonstrators lit tires on fire and blocked the road with stones. The incident was reported by the local TV47 channel and in the end, the police had to intervene with tear gas.
The locals had previously expressed their dissatisfaction with the situation. President William Ruto promised last week that job opportunities would be offered to locals in connection with the event.
The Safari Rally starts on Wednesday with the shakedown test at Loldia followed by the opening special stage of the Kasarani Super Special on Thursday. From Friday onwards, the drivers will be roasting on challenging gravel sections around Lakes Naivasha and Elementaita.