Kenya gov't bans protests from city cen­ters amid elec­tion stand­off

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NAIROBI: Kenya on Thurs­day banned demon­stra­tions in the busi­ness dis­tricts of Nairobi and other cities amid a stand­off between the rul­ing party and the op­po­si­tion over a re­peat pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Fred Ma­tiang‘i said the ban ap­plied to the cen­tral busi­ness dis­tricts of the cap­i­tal, the western city of Kisumu and the coastal city of Mom­basa.

The or­ga­niz­ers of protests would be held per­son­ally li­able for any dam­age, he said. Mom­basa and Kisumu are strongholds of op­po­si­tion sup­port, and Odinga also has strong back­ing in parts of Nairobi. All three have seen re­peated clashes between riot po­lice and op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers in re­cent weeks.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga were due to go to the polls in a re­peat pres­i­den­tial elec­tion on Oct. 26, af­ter the SC nul­li­fied Keny­atta’s win in Aug. 8 polls over pro­ce­dural ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

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