Kenyan police fire tear gas at opposition protesters in capital

Businesses were paralysed in Kisumu, the opposition stronghold, on Monday after police and demonstrators clashed.

FILE: Supporters of Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi on 1 September 2017 after Kenya's Supreme Court ordered a new presidential election. Picture: AFP.

NAIROBI - Police fired tear gas at opposition supporters in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Monday who were calling for officials they blame for last month’s botched presidential elections to be sacked, Reuters witnesses said.

A re-run is due to be held 26 October after the Supreme Court voided the 8 August vote due to irregularities. The court criticised election the board on procedural grounds but did not find any individual at the board responsible.

Police also fired teargas to disperse protesters in the western city of Kisumu, according to another Reuters witness.

At least 28 people were killed in unrest following last month’s vote.

Whether the re-run will go ahead as planned looks increasingly uncertain as the parties of the two candidates, Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga are sparring over proposed changes to the election system to prevent the Supreme Court from annulling the results again.

Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee Party presented parliament with proposed changes last week but Odinga’s coalition has said it will not take part unless these are dropped.

Kenya is a key western ally in a region often roiled by violence.

Businesses were paralysed in Kisumu, the opposition stronghold, on Monday after police and demonstrators clashed.