Kenya bans protests be­fore new elec­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s govern­ment on Thurs­day banned protests by the op­po­si­tion in its strongholds in the coun­try’s three big­gest cities be­cause of “im­mi­nent dan­ger of breach of peace” as the fresh pres­i­den­tial elec­tion ap­proaches.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Fred Ma­tiangi said demon­stra­tions are banned in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­tricts of Nairobi, Kisumu and Mom­basa.

The right to protest is en­shrined in Kenya’s con­sti­tu­tion, “but we shall not al­low a few peo­ple while pur­port­edly ex­er­cis­ing their free­doms to in­fringe on the rights of oth­ers,” Ma­tiangi said.

The min­is­ter claimed that demon­stra­tors had looted and at­tacked po­lice sta­tions. But the op­po­si­tion and hu­man-rights groups have ac­cused the govern­ment of us­ing po­lice to clamp down on protests. The govern­ment-funded Kenya Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights has said po­lice killed at least 37 peo­ple, in­clud­ing a 6-month-old child, dur­ing protests af­ter the re­sults of the Au­gust elec­tion were an­nounced.

Op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga this week with­drew from the Oct. 26 vote af­ter his le­gal chal­lenge to the Au­gust re­sults led the Supreme Court to nul­lify that elec­tion, in which Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta was de­clared the win­ner.

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