Three shot dead as Nasa protests turn ugly

Three shot dead as Nasa protests turn ugly

Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga has shocked the country by withdrawing his candidacy for a fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court, saying the election commission had not made changes to avoid the "irregularities and illegalities" cited in the nullified August vote.

Honorable Raila Odinga and his running mate sent a letter dated 10 October 2017 indicating that they had chose to withdraw from the fresh Presidential election. To maintain pressure, his opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition called supporters to the street, saying protests would take place every day from next week.

Transport was paralyzed in the lakeside city of Kisumu as youth lit bonfires and barricaded roads using rocks and burning tyres amid heavy security presence.

The injured are admitted at Relief Hospital. Three of them are gunshot injuries. More protests are expected.

Chaos reigned as police tried to disperse the angry crowd. The decision was hailed across the globe and held up as an opportunity to deepen Kenyan democracy, however the process quickly turned sour, with increasingly ugly rhetoric including attacks by Kenyatta on the judiciary.

On Wednesday, the High Court in Nairobi allowed Thurdway Alliance's Ekuru Aukot to vie in the repeat election after IEBC had ruled him out. Odinga is betting on a ruling by the Supreme Court after 2013 elections - in which he failed to have the result overturned - which sought to clarify what happens if an election is invalidated.

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But analysts say Mr Odinga's withdrawal brings "constitutional uncertainty".

Meanwhile, analyst Murithi Mutiga said that the withdrawal means that Kenya is in "uncharted waters".

Opposition supporters have been holding regular protests in the three cities, which have resulted in looting and violent clashes with police.

In Kisumu, the main city in the west which is Odinga's stronghold, there were chaotic scenes as police fired teargas and gunshots rang out as protesters pelted them with stones.

The Supreme Court said a new election must take place within 60 days, and Odinga has demanded fundamental reforms such as the sacking of top IEBC officials and the recruitment of new companies to print ballot papers and run election technology. Kenya adopted an electronic system following the flawed 2007 election which sparked ethnic violence that left more than 1,000 people dead.

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