Op­po­si­tion protests banned in main cities

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

The govern­ment on Thurs­day banned op­po­si­tion protests in the coun­try’s three big­gest cities — Nairobi, Kisumu and Mom­basa — be­cause of “im­mi­nent dan­ger of breach of peace” as the fresh pres­i­den­tial elec­tion ap­proaches.

Op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga this week with­drew from the Oct. 26 vote af­ter his le­gal chal­lenge led the Supreme Court to nul­lify the Au­gust elec­tion in which Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta was de­clared the win­ner. Odinga has said that with­out re­forms to Kenya’s elec­tion com­mis­sion the new vote could be run worse than the first one, and he has called on sup­port­ers to protest for changes.

The Supreme Court on Sept. 1 an­nulled Keny­atta’s re-elec­tion, cit­ing “ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and il­le­gal­i­ties” in the vote-count­ing and the elec­toral com­mis­sion’s re­fusal to al­low scru­tiny of its com­puter sys­tem.

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