Kenya bans city-cen­tre protests

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NAIROBI: Kenyan au­thor­i­ties banned protests in cen­tral Nairobi and other hot spots as they tried to keep a lid on mount­ing po­lit­i­cal tur­moil in the build-up to a re­peat pres­i­den­tial vote.

The or­der, is­sued yes­ter­day, cov­ered business dis­tricts in Nairobi, the west­ern city of Kisumu and the port of Mom­basa – the scenes of re­peated demon­stra­tions since the Supreme Court an­nulled the last vote in Au­gust, cit­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

The main op­po­si­tion, which has held ral­lies call­ing for elec­toral re­forms and the sack­ing of vote of­fi­cials, said it would take to the streets again to­day, and on a daily ba­sis from Mon­day, de­spite the ban.

“The protests are cov­ered by the Bill of Rights in the Con­sti­tu­tion. We do not hold the protests as a favour by the state,” Den­nis Onyango, the spokesman for op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga, said.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta, whose Au­gust elec­tion vic­tory was an­nulled by the court rul­ing, is due to stand again against Odinga on Oc­to­ber 26.

But this week Odinga an­nounced he was with­draw­ing from the race, be­cause of fail­ure to re­form the elec­tion board. – Reuters

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