Kenya opposition supporters defy protest ban

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Police in coastal Mombasa fired teargas at a crowd trying to march into the city. "They are all lying there in a pool of blood", said Charleston Okelo, a witness.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto will on Saturday embark on a gruelling campaign drive that will see them traverse 17 counties as the October 26 repeat presidential poll comes into view. The protests come as Kenya is mired in confusion over a presidential election that is due to take place in less than two weeks, on October 26.

The ex-Prime Minister and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka wrote to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission notifying it of their intention to withdraw from the race saying saying the election is already pre-determined because the latter has declined to meet the Opposition demands.

On Friday, President Kenyatta will make his way back to the state capital Nairobi to attend the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Uhuru Park grounds before hosting a luncheon at the State House gardens.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i on Thursday banned NASA protests in Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa.

The National Super Alliance leader, Raila Odinga, has stated categorically that the he will not sign the mandatory form 24A to officially quit the upcoming election.

Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the streets of Kenya's main cities yesterday in defiance of a government ban on protests as the country is gripped by uncertainty over its presidential election.

In Kisumu, a stronghold of Odinga support, protesters reacted angrily when police turned water cannon on them to prevent them from entering the city centre. "We are not intimidated", insisted James Orengo, a vocal NASA official. "We condemn the directive. on the limitation of our rights to demonstrate".

The rapidly declining situation is reminiscent of the disputed 2007 elections, which led to some 1,400 were being killed.

During protests on Wednesday, several were treated for gunshot wounds in Kisumu, according to a doctor at the local hospital.

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