Kenya bans protests from city centres
NAIROBI: Kenya yesterday 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 organisers of protests would be held personally liable for any damage, he said. Mombasa and Kisumu are strongholds of opposition support and opposition leader Raila Odinga also has strong backing in parts of Nairobi. All three have seen repeated clashes between riot police and opposition supporters in recent weeks.