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Anti-IEBC demos kick off despite Raila withdrawal from race

By Mercy Asamba | Published Wed, October 11th 2017 at 11:24, Updated October 11th 2017 at 20:50 GMT +3

Demonstrations have rocked Kisumu and parts of Nairobi as the Opposition demands reforms in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and thereafter a fresh presidential election.

ALSO READ: Raila's withdrawal leaves country at a crossroads

This comes a day after Raila Odinga's withdrawal from the rerun of the presidential election with the opposition mounting a fresh push for electoral reforms on a grander scale.

On Tuesday, October 10, Raila, the National Super Alliance leader, announced that anti-IEBC demos, now in their third week, would be bigger starting on Wednesday.

He argued that the contest with President Uhuru Kenyatta cannot be free and fair under the existing circumstances but the move was dismissed by President Uhuru who said the election will go on despite his decision.

The President and his deputy William Ruto accused Raila of wasting time and public resources by pulling out of the poll ordered by the Supreme Court on September 1, following the success of Raila’s petition challenging Uhuru's victory in the August 8 elections.

Police have been directed to ensure there is order as the protests take place across the country.

2:30PM: Siaya Senator James Orengo announces that protests will take place daily starting Monday next week.

2:00PM: NASA supporters on Muindi Mbingu Street in Nairobi, matching all the way to IEBC offices. There was a break after police lobbed teargas at the protestors inbid to disperse them. The protestors have now re-grouped and chanting ‘No reforms No election’.

12:50PM: Police Officers lob teargas at anti-IEBC demonstrators in Nairobi. They were matching towards IEBC’s offices at Anniversary Towers.

ALSO READ: NASA announces bigger anti-IEBC demos

12.00 PM:  NASA leaders (Senator James Orengo, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati, Governor Hassan Joho, Johnstone Muthama) arrive at Uhuru Park. They are expected to address supporters.

Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o and other leaders lead demonstrations in Kisumu

11.30AM: Protestors throw stones inside Kondele police station which ensued running battles between demonstrators and police officers. 

Anti-IEBC demonstrations in Kisumu

11.00AM: The NASA supporters in Kisumu, led by Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o demand reforms in IEBC ahead of presidential repeat election that had been slated for October 26.

10:30AM: Hundreds of National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters demonstrate at Kondele in Kisumu to push for IEBC reforms.

ALSO READ: Confusion after Raila quits October 26 repeat election


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