OPPOSITION PROTESTS CONTINUE IN KENYA

NAIROBI, Protests organized by the Kenyan opposition to demand changes at the Electoral Commission ahead of the Oct. 26 re-do of the presidential election continued Friday in various parts of the East African country.

Kenya’s Supreme Court cited irregularities committed by the Electoral Commission in its decision to annul the results of the Aug. 8 ballot and order a new vote.

The main opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) has threatened to boycott the Oct. 26 process in the absence of reforms at the commission, including the resignation of current chair Ezra Chiloba.

Though Friday’s protests in Nairobi were peaceful, police broke up a group of demonstrators who were trying to the reach Electoral Commission headquarters.

In the western city of Homa Bay, a 32-year-old demonstrator was shot, the Daily Nation newspaper reported, citing municipal police chief Marius Tum as denying that his officers used bullets to disperse protests.

The wounded man was said to be out of danger.

Among the protesters were the governor of the Homa Bay region, Cyprian Awiti, who was affected by tear gas, and his deputy, Hamilton Orata, who was beaten by riot police.

In Kisumu, also in western Kenya, a group of protesters looted a supermarket.

The campaign ahead of the Oct. 26 vote, which again pits incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta against NASA standard-bearer Raila Odinga, is unfolding in an atmosphere of high tension amid demonstrations by supporters of the ruling and opposition parties.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK