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KENYA: Police attack Odinga’s convoy, 2 opposition supporters killed

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A convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi in Kenya was attacked by policemen who shot and killed two supporters and later fired teargas and water cannons to disperse the crowd of devotees.

Live footage on Kenyan TV showed some protesters throwing stones at police and two vehicles on fire as police and demonstrators fought on one of the main roads leading to the business district of Nairobi.

The incident is coming two days after Chief Justice David Maraga of the Supreme Court in Kenya ordered the country’s election board to grant poll returns to petitioners contesting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election victory.

Read also: KENYA: Tension as Supreme Court reviews petition contesting Kenyatta’s victory

Justice Maraga who also said a copy of the voter register must be sent to the petitioners, made the ruling while addressing state prosecutors in court over the election matter.

Kenyatta was declared the winner of the last presidential poll rerun after garnering 98% in a one-way election, which is now being hotly, contested in court by a former lawmaker.

His closest rival Odinga did not contest the repeat vote on Oct. 26 saying he doubted if it would be free and fair even as Kenya’s Supreme Court has until Nov. 14 to rule on election petitions and if it upholds the result, Kenyatta will be sworn in on Nov. 28.

 

 

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