Three shot dead as Nasa protests turn ugly


Kenyan police shot dead two people and wounded a third when a crowd tried to storm a police station during an opposition protest against a looming presidential vote re-run, a senior official said.

Days ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the other candidates in the first elections may also compete on the run-off, which, in practice, will validate the vote despite Odinga's abstention.

Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the streets of Kenya's main cities yesterday in defiance of a government ban on protests as the country is gripped by uncertainty over its presidential election.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i on Thursday banned NASA protests in Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa.

At the same time, opposition leader Raila Odinga told The Associated Press he's willing to return to the race if the government is "ready to do business and deal" on reforms.

The opposition leader said he could return to the Supreme Court to seek a clarification, but if the IEBC went ahead with the October 26 election it would be "in breach of the law". "We condemn the directive. on the limitation of our rights to demonstrate".

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In Kisumu, protesters reacted angrily when police turned water cannon on them to prevent them from entering the city center.

(Odinga) said on Friday his withdrawal from a presidential election rerun scheduled for October 26 meant the poll had been "cancelled" and there should be fresh nominations for a new vote.

The opposition says banning these protests is unconstitutional and they want to continue demanding electoral changes from the electoral body.

On Friday, President Kenyatta will make his way back to the state capital Nairobi to attend the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Uhuru Park grounds before hosting a luncheon at the State House gardens.

Opposition legislator James Orengo said the law will lower safeguards against vote-rigging by making the preferred system of transmitting election results a manual one.

Many observers agreed the 2007 election was deeply flawed, and it triggered politically motivated tribal violence that left more than 1,100 dead.