At least two shot dead as Kenya opposition defies protest ban

Lester Mason
Октября 13, 2017

In an exclusive interview with Citizen TV, the opposition leader, who is now in London, United Kingdom, maintained that he will not participate in the repeat presidential race.

"One of them has a large injury on the head and another on the chest".

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.

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.

"We have the report of one person shot and he has been taken to hospital", a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Several were treated for gunshot wounds on Wednesday in Kisumu, according to a doctor at the local hospital. However, the crowd later dispersed peacefully after speeches from opposition leaders, helped along by the first heavy rainfall of the season.

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The Kenyan Supreme Court nullified the results of the country's August presidential election, citing irregularities in the election. Odinga demanded deep reforms that the election commission (IEBC) said were impossible to deliver in the constitutionally mandated period.

In a separate interview with Reuters while in London, Raila indicated that the coalition will be seeking clarification from the Supreme Court on whether the October 26th election is legal. "One thing is for sure, the country is entering uncharted waters and walking the path to the unknown", the Daily Nation said in an editorial.

"The protests are covered by the bill of rights in the constitution".

In Kisumu, the main city in the west which is Odinga's stronghold, there were chaotic scenes as police fired teargas and gunshots rang out as protesters pelted them with stones.

Many observers agreed the 2007 election was deeply flawed, and it triggered politically motivated tribal violence that left more than 1,100 dead.

Odinga withdrew from the race Tuesday, saying the electoral commission had not fixed problems with the voting process and that new laws introduced in parliament strongly favored the ruling party.

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