Protests banned in Kenya after opposition leader pulls out of presidential election

Raila Odinga still in the race- Orengo tells Uhuru

Uhuru and Ruto have told off Raila for pulling out of the race

Police have been mobilised in major cities across the country to keep away those who plan to protest in solidarity with the National Super Alliance after their leaders vowed to defy an order barring them from holding demonstrations in the main city centres. "One person had his head shattered by a bullet while the other was hit on the chest", said eyewitness Sam Oguma. Three of them are gunshot injuries. "They are all lying there in a pool of blood", said another witness Charleston Okelo.

Election officials have been locked in crisis meetings since the decision, as debate raged over what Odinga's move could mean for a dramatic election saga that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta's August 8 victory annulled by the Supreme Court.

In Kisumu, a stronghold of Odinga support, protesters reacted angrily when police turned water cannon on them to prevent them from entering the city centre.

Speaker Justin Muturi will send the laws to the President who has said that he will definitely assent to it just in time for the October 26 poll.

However, Odinga on Tuesday announced he would not take part, accusing the IEBC of failing to make fundamental reforms.

Kenyatta on Friday signed a supplementary budget allocating $116 million (12 billion shillings) for the new election.

An opposition politician of the National Super Alliance coalition, reacts after a gas canister fired by policemen hits his auto during a protest along a street in Nairobi.

The government ban on protests has further angered the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.

However, the opposition pushed ahead with protests on Friday, and plans to stage daily rallies next week.

Since then a series of demonstrations have seen police teargas protesters, who in some cases have grown violent, with no deaths recorded.

Transport was paralyzed in the lakeside city of Kisumu as youth lit bonfires and barricaded roads using rocks and burning tyres amid heavy security presence.

"We have the report of one person shot and he has been taken to hospital", a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

In the capital, Nairobi, police fired tear gas as opposition supporters tried to march to the central business district. A second attempt elsewhere in the city also ended in a cloud of teargas.

Nasa leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and James Orengo having a word before addressing the media at Okoa Kenya offices on October 10, 2017. Protest violence immediately after the August election left 37 people dead, mostly at the hands of police, according to a Kenyan rights group.

In 2007 a disputed presidential election between Odinga and incumbent Mwai Kibaki led to months of violence that killed more than one thousand Kenyans.

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