Kenya bans protests from city cen­tres

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News -

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. – Reuters

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