Riot police chase after protesters during clashes in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. International observers on Thursday urged Kenyans to be patient as they awaited final election results following opposition allegations of vote-rigging, but clashes between police and protesters again erupted in Nairobi. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Kenya police use teargas to disperse opposition protesters in three cities

NAIROBI, October 13 – Kenyan police used teargas on Friday to disperse protesters in the country’s three main
cities, Reuters witnesses said, as a standoff between the government and opposition leaders over a planned repeat
presidential election continued.

On Thursday, the government banned demonstrations in the central business districts of the capital Nairobi, the coastal city of Mombasa and the western city of Kisumu. The interior minister said demonstrators had damaged and looted property.

A repeat presidential election pitting is scheduled for October 26 after the Supreme Court nullified the result of an August poll in which incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta beat veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, citing irregularities.

But Odinga withdrew from the race this week, saying the election board had failed to institute reforms to ensure a free and fair election. His opposition alliance called for demonstrations demanding a new election with a new election board instead.

The election board has said the polls will go ahead anyway, pitting Kenyatta against six other candidates, none of whom polled more than 1 percent in the August election.

In Kisumu, a stronghold of Odinga support, protesters reacted angrily when police turned water cannon on them to
prevent them from entering the city centre.

“Our demonstrations have a (valid) basis and are peaceful,” said Odinga supporter Hezron Tirus Aloyo. “We condemn the directive … on the limitation of our rights to demonstrate.”


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