Kenyan police use teargas to disperse opposition protesters

NASA leaders and supporters riotous trip around Nairobi CBD as captured

Police in Kenya say they have killed two opposition protesters who allegedly stormed a police station with farm tools and rocks in the western part of the country.

Police in Kenya's three largest cities also used tear gas Friday on opposition demonstrations that defied a government ban and pressed for electoral reforms ahead of fresh presidential elections on October 26.

The opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (NASA) have been holding weekly protests in major towns across the country to demand the resignation of officials of the polls body who were implicated in electoral malpractices that led to the annulment of the August 8 presidential elections.

Odinga withdrew from the race this week, saying the election board had failed to institute reforms to ensure a free and fair election.

Thousands of opposition supporters, who were in streets of Kisumu and Mombasa, clashed with police, and security forces that tried to control incidents were also interfering with pepper gas to demonstrators.

Sources told Xinhua that opposition supporters in informal settlements in Nairobi were grouping before they could march into the city.

"As far as we are concerned, that (original Supreme court) ruling is still valid", Odinga said during a visit to London.

"A lot of those provocations or demonstrations taking place is an attempt to create the appearance of a crisis", he said.

"We are here to maintain law and order".

"We are in the process of preferring charges against one individual who has been notorious for organizing the protests", said Matiang'i.

Things in the Nairobi and Mombasa were not quite so violent as National Super Alliance legislators engaged the police in cat and mouse games as they attempted to gain entry to the central business district and make their way to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission headquarters on University Way.

"Our demonstrations have a (valid) basis and are peaceful", said Odinga supporter Hezron Tirus Aloyo.

"As much as the constitution allows people to picket and demonstrate, the government's key priority is to protect its citizens and their property and this, for sure, we shall do without fear or favour", he said.



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