Nairobi on lockdown ahead of 'banned' Nasa demo

  • Nairobi on lockdown ahead of 'banned' Nasa demo

Nairobi on lockdown ahead of 'banned' Nasa demo

Kenya´s opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, withdrew on Tuesday from a court-ordered re-run of the presidential election due on October 26, saying the vote would not be free or fair and leaving President Uhuru Kenyatta as the only candidate.

Police have used tear gas on protesters in Kenya's three largest cities after opposition leaders vowed to continue with demonstrations to press for electoral reforms despite a government ban.

The government on Thursday banned the protests because of "imminent danger of breach of peace".

Kenyatta and Odinga were due to return to the polls because the Supreme Court nullified Kenyatta's win in an August 8 election, citing procedural irregularities.

"From here, we'll be headed to the CBD for anti-IEBC demos, we have notified the police about these demonstrations", said a defiant Orengo and this may have prompted police officers to wait for them.

Police allegedly killed three protesters on Friday during anti-government demonstrations that turned violent in the East African country, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency. "All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one", he said, announcing his withdrawal Tuesday.

But in an interview in London, Mr. Odinga said he's willing to return if that changes. "If they're ready to do business and deal, we are ready to jump in the field".

The Supreme Court said a new election must take place within 60 days, and Odinga has demanded fundamental reforms such as the sacking of top IEBC officials and the recruitment of new companies to print ballot papers and run election technology.

He and Mr Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's first president, also faced off in a 2013 election marred by opposition allegations of vote-rigging.

The country's Supreme Court annulled the results of an August 8 election - won by President Uhuru Kenyatta - citing irregularities in the counting process and mismanagement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). On Friday, Mr. Kenyatta received the Parliament-approved amendments. Hospital authorities said 20 people were injured in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold.

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