Four killed in clashes with police amid Kenyan opposition demonstrations

Elias Hubbard
October 21, 2017

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO Ezra Chiloba.

The Supreme Court later nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory, citing irregularities, and ordered a fresh election.

"Elections will come and go, but Kenya remains".

At least 45 people died nationwide in a police crackdown on opposition supporters after the August vote, including a six-month old baby struck on the head by a police baton. "So it has come down to this: The US and the United Kingdom have not spoken since the astonishing confession by IEBC chairman Chebukati that he cannot guarantee that the election slated for 26 October will be free and fair, that his own staff do not listen to him, and that he cannot see how we can hold an election in which six million Kenyans who voted for Raila Odinga will feel disenfranchised,".

"Despite the frequent accusations leveled at the police of alleged wanton killing and brutality, our records indicate that four deaths have occurred as a result of police intervention to stop violent demonstrations", Kenya police spokesman George Kinoti said in a statement.

Kenyatta replied that the government was ready to counter any threats during and after the October 26 election. On Thursday, he snubbed an invitation to meet Chebukati, saying he would instead spend the time campaigning. He said they discussed electoral matters. Disruptions of the vote by "those who thrive in chaos and relish anarchy" would not be tolerated, and security forces "have been enhanced and appropriately deployed to maintain law and order", he said.

He also urged Kenyans to remain peaceful in the upcoming repeat Presidential elections and called on Kenyans to exercise their democratic right on October 26 to defend their inalienable right to vote for the leader of their choice.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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