Kenya police shoot dead 2 opposition protesters

Mutahi Ngunyi warns Jubilee not to celebrate before understanding Raila's scheme

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.

But opposition leader Raila Odinga has refused to take part, saying the re-run should not happen until wide-ranging reforms are brought in to prevent another failed vote.

Three people have been shot dead in Bondo town and several others injured as police clashed with protesters in Nasa's anti-IEBC protests.

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.

In Nairobi, opposition legislators were repeatedly tear gassed as they tried to drive into the city centre.

The government on Thursday banned the protests, citing "imminent danger of breach of peace". "We condemn the directive. on the limitation of our rights to demonstrate". It is set for October 26.

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

The outbreak of the street riots followed the publication of the decision by a Kenyan high court, according to which another candidate can be included in the list of presidential aspirants in the elections scheduled for October 26. His opposition alliance called for demonstrations demanding a new election with a new election board instead.

The proposed amendments states that the IEBC chairperson may declare a candidate elected as president before all the constituencies have transmitted their results.

But in an interview in London, Odinga told the AP he's willing to return if that changes.

"We must respect the law", he said.

Kenyatta's Jubilee Party has pursued changes to the electoral law that the opposition says will make it more hard for the Supreme Court to nullify a presidential election and will reduce safeguards against electoral fraud. He has 14 days to sign them into law.

The new laws make it virtually impossible to nullify a presidential election as manual transmission has made a come back and will now be superior to the electronic one should there emerge discrepancies.

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



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