NAIROBI – The police in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, have used tear gas to disperse thousands of opposition protesters that were holding peaceful demonstrations demanding reforms to the election commissions.
This was a day after the leader of the opposition Raila Odinga withdrew from the new presidential vote set to take place this month.
The protesters had gathered in a Nairobi park to demonstrate. They had tried to make their way to the offices of the election commission at the time.
It is said that the protesters had then regrouped at another nearby park and walked to the commission’s offices, where dozens of anti-riot police were lined up should any fights ensue.
The legal challenge which was led by Odinga resulted in the Supreme Court nullifying the August election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the elections.
Kenyatta withdrew from the new vote that was ordered by the court.
He stated that without reforms the vote risks having the same problems in the future. The protests on Wednesday were led by leaders of Odinga’s opposition National Super Alliance