Deaths mar Kenyan opposition protests

Protestors light tyres on a barricade in Nairobi

In the capital, policemen cordoned off the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC's) offices and dispersed any gathering by supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who last month began weekly protests calling for the resignation of the the electoral body's leaders. Police also fired teargas at demonstrating supporters of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) party in Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa.

The opposition CORD alliance believes the country's electoral commission is biased in favour of the ruling coalition and wants its members to quit.

The protests, held each Monday for the past four weeks, come before elections next year and are organized by Kenya's main...

The protests now in their fourth week comes ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in August 2017 and politicians are already trying to galvanize their supporters.

The man who died in the western city of Kisumu was said to have fallen down while running away from clashes.

Police use water cannon against protesters in Nairobi
Police use water cannon against protesters in Nairobi

Two people were shot dead in anti-IEBC protests in Siaya as Governor Cornel Rasanga condemned the killings while visiting the wounded in hospital.

He was allegedly shot near Tivoli centre and rushed to Aga Khan hospita l where he succumbed to the wounds.

They fired tear gas cannisters and stun grenades to disperse groups of onlookers and used water cannon to douse people who did not move quickly enough along a nearby pedestrian overpass. In the capital, Nairobi, police tear-gassed demonstrators in the Kibera area.

Anti-riot police officers have been alert in the affected towns to disperse protesters as well as maintaining law and order.

Following the clashes last week, the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights accused police of using "gruesome violence" to quell the protests, and police and the Independent Oversight Policing Authority have launched investigations into the violence. Kenya went through a deadly wave of violence in the aftermath of elections in 2007. Odinga and civil society groups accused the electoral commission of a series of irregularities that they said skewed the results.

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