At least two shot dead as Kenya opposition defies protest ban

Mutahi Ngunyi warns Jubilee not to celebrate before understanding Raila's scheme

In western Kisumu, a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga that has been a hotspot for demonstrations, protesters blocked key roads and set piles of tyres on fire.

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.

Riot policemen detain a man during clashes between supporters of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and supporters of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, during a protest in Nairobi, Kenya, October 11, 2017. Three of them are gunshot injuries.

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

Chaos reigned as police tried to disperse the angry crowd. The results of of those elections were overturned by the Supreme Court, after a lawsuit by the main opponent to President Uhuru Kenyatta, based on fraudulent manipulation when posting the vote-count results on the Web. 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.

In a separate interview with Reuters while in London, Raila indicated that the coalition will be seeking clarification from the Supreme Court on whether the October 26th election is legal.

The election laws changes were ordered by the Supreme Court, which identified a lacuna it said needed to be filled, when it annulled the August 8 elections citing irregularities. That judgement stated that if a candidate dies or withdraws from the fresh election, the IEBC must begin presidential nominations from scratch. "One thing is for sure, the country is entering uncharted waters and walking the path to the unknown", the Daily Nation said in an editorial.

Area police commander Paul Kiarie said some stormed the police station armed with crude weapons during protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC).

Since the initial presidential election, protests have been taking place throughout the county on a almost daily basis, leaving 37 people dead.

Many observers agreed the 2007 election was deeply flawed, and it triggered politically motivated tribal violence that left more than 1,100 dead.

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