Kenya police disperse demonstrators despite court order

Kenya police disperse demonstrators despite court order

An AP photographer saw police scatter the protesters gathering in Nairobi's Freedom Park. The right to protest is a fundamental right that can not be withdrawn.

Human rights groups accuse President Uhuru Kenyatta of using the police to crush dissent.

A section of women in Kenya have called for a sex ban ahead of the country's presidential poll re-run ordered by the Supreme Court, the Star newspaper reports.

Citing the police killings, opposition leader Raila Odinga called off daily demonstrations.

Two members of Kenya's electoral commission this week cast doubt on whether the vote, to be held on October 26, can be free and fair. "We must trust, nurture and safeguard our institutions to enable them to grow and perform their functions", said the President.

"To those threatening and intimidating the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), its staff and other entities, this must cease forthwith". She fled to the USA, saying she feared for her safety. "For those planning to vote, and those staying away, I urge you to extend a hand of friendship to your brothers and sisters and respect each other choice", Kenyatta said.

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

On his part, Mr Njiraini insisted that the October 26 polls will not be attainable "because electronic transmission of the results and changes in technology can not be guaranteed to give voters confidence from what happened in the previous election". Odinga met with Chebukati but Kenyatta continued with his campaign rallies and said elections must go on. Chebukati later tweeted that he had met Odinga and was "looking forward" to meeting Kenyatta, though it was not clear if the president meant to respond to his call.

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