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Kenya: Police Alert as Nasa Vows to Defy Matiangi Ban on Demos

13 October 2017

Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga have been holding regular demonstrations in Mombasa, Kisumu, and the capital Nairobi to push for election reforms before the October 26 re-run of Kenya's presidential election.

Two protesters were shot dead on Friday as opposition supporters clashed with police in western Kenya, with hundreds defying a ban on rallies to express their anger over an increasingly uncertain presidential election.

Bondo lawmaker Gideon Ochanda condemned the killings, saying the police should exercise restraint as they disperse the demonstrators.

National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Raila Odinga has announced that he will not sign form 24A that IEBC insists must happen for him to officially exit him from the October 26 election.

However, Odinga on Tuesday announced he would not take part, accusing the IEBC of failing to make fundamental reforms.

Longtime rival Odinga says his withdrawal legally forces election officials to begin the entire process from scratch, a move that leaves more time for his reform demands to be met. "They, however, have not submitted the statutory Form 24A", the IEBC statement read.

National Super Alliance (NASA) has opposed these laws and threatened to seek the intervention of the courts to stop them from coming into effect.

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Interior CS Fred Matiang'i on Thursday banned NASA protests in Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa.

However, the opposition pushed ahead with protests on Friday, and plans to stage daily rallies next week.

Kenyan officials have banned street protests in the nation's three largest cities, just days after the main opposition leader dropped out of the upcoming presidential election because of concerns the voting process would not be fair.

Transport was paralyzed in the lakeside city of Kisumu as youth lit bonfires and barricaded roads using rocks and burning tyres amid heavy security presence.

The incident occurred in the town of Bondo where a large crowd had gathered in front of the police station, who quickly scattered when live rounds were fired. A second attempt elsewhere in the city also ended in a cloud of teargas.

In 2007 a disputed presidential election between Odinga and incumbent Mwai Kibaki led to months of violence that killed more than one thousand Kenyans.

During protests on Wednesday, several were treated for gunshot wounds in Kisumu, according to a doctor at the local hospital.

Kenya: Police Alert as Nasa Vows to Defy Matiangi Ban on Demos