Kenyan police: 4 killed during opposition protests

Kenya’s police said on Friday that four people had died as result of police intervention during opposition protests in the past two weeks.

FILE: 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 - Kenya’s police said on Friday that four people had died as result of police intervention during opposition protests in the past two weeks, amid concerns violence will break out in next week’s repeat presidential vote.

The re-run of the 8 August presidential election annulled by the Supreme Court is set for 26 October. But opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out, alleging a failure to improve oversight of the election, casting doubt on how the vote will proceed.

His move thrust the country, a key Western ally and also the richest economy in the region, deeper into political uncertainty.

The election board has said the poll will go ahead with seven candidates on the ballot, including Odinga.

Earlier this week, a top Kenyan election commissioner quit and fled the country a week before a re-run of the presidential vote, citing political intimidation and saying the election would be a “mockery” of democracy.

The resignation of Roselyn Akombe, one of seven election board commissioners, is likely to be seized upon by the opposition to bolster its claim that the 26 October poll will not be fair.