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Kenya president snubs vote crisis meeting, presses on with campaign

19 Octobre 2017

The right to protest is a fundamental right that can not be withdrawn. The police action was despite a court ruling Tuesday that removed the government's ban on demonstrations.

Odinga was due to face President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 26 in a repeat of a presidential vote held in August but he withdrew his candidacy, saying the electoral commission had failed to institute reforms to guarantee fairness.

On Friday, Kenyan police shot dead two people and wounded a third when a crowd tried to storm a police station in the town of Bondo in the southwest county of Siaya during a rally. Rights groups report that police killed 67 people in opposition protests in the days after the August 11 announcement of election results showing that Kenyatta won re-election. Jubilee says the NASA leaders sent a letter to the IEBC declaring they have withdrawn from the October 26th repeat election but have refused to sign the statutory Form 24A to officially withdraw.

The situation in Kenya remains volatile after August's presidential elections were annulled on the grounds of procedural irregularities with the Supreme Court ordering a rerun on October 26.

Electoral commissioner Roselyn Akombe resigned, saying the commission can not deliver a credible election.

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"I am ready to die for change in Kenya", James Orengo, an opposition senator and lawyer who led Odinga's successful petition at the Supreme Court, told the crowd in Mombasa, which numbered in the thousands.

Kenya has been hit with turmoil and social strife especially in the western part of the country with two opposition supporters demanding reforms ahead of fast approaching elections gunned down by policemen about three days ago. She fled to the US, saying she feared for her safety.

However President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday insists that the election must be held as scheduled.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has snubbed a crisis meeting called by the chairman of the election board for Thursday, Reuters reported. Odinga met with Chebukati but Kenyatta continued with his campaign rallies and said elections must go on.

Chebukati's call for a meeting with the candidates followed the flight of one IEBC commissioner to NY.

Kenya president snubs vote crisis meeting, presses on with campaign