Kenya police use teargas to disperse opposition protesters in three cities
Oct 13 2017 by Desiree Burns
Kenya's supreme court nullified the presidential election in August, citing procedural irregularities and voiding the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mr Odinga withdrew his participation in the re-run election because he said the electoral commission had refused to implement changes to correct the problems he blames for the bungled election. More protests are expected.
The protests come as Kenya is mired in confusion over a presidential election that is due to take place in less than two weeks, on October 26. Three of them are gunshot injuries.
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.
But the IEBC appears to be pushing forward with plans for the vote, saying only that Odinga had yet to submit the required form to officially pull out of the race.
Earlier, Mr Odinga told supporters that Kenya's election commission had "stonewalled meaningful deliberations" on reforms to ensure a credible vote. To maintain pressure, his opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition called supporters to the street, saying protests would take place every day from next week.
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The demonstrations defied a new government ban on opposition protests in the central business districts of Kenya's three largest cities, while concerns rose again about election-related violence in East Africa's largest economy.
However, the opposition pushed ahead with protests on Friday, and plans to stage daily rallies next week.
"The government sending the police to stop the people by throwing teargas and using live bullets, they are basically violating the fundamental rights of the people".
In Nairobi, opposition legislators were repeatedly tear gassed as they tried to drive into the city centre. A second attempt elsewhere in the city also ended in a cloud of teargas.
Siaya Senator and NASA lawyer James Orengo on Wednesday, October 11, claimed that Raila has not dropped out of the race as Jubilee leaders think. However the country still has grim memories of the perils of post-election violence, with a disputed 2007 poll sparking politically-motivated tribal clashes that left some 1,100 dead.
During protests on Wednesday, several were treated for gunshot wounds in Kisumu, according to a doctor at the local hospital.