Kenyan police fire tear gas at opposition protesters demanding election reforms

Police also used tear gas to disperse protesters in the western city of Kisumu, a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Opposition supporters hold up bricks as they block streets and burn tyres during a protest in Kisumu, Kenya, on 11 October 2017. Picture: AFP.

NAIROBI - Kenyan police fired tear gas at more than 1,000 opposition supporters marching through the capital Nairobi on Wednesday to demand election reforms, a Reuters witness said.

Police also used tear gas to disperse protesters in the western city of Kisumu, a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from a repeat presidential vote scheduled for 26 October, citing concerns over fairness.

A Reuters witness in Kisumu said the crowd had refused to disperse after being addressed by the county governor.