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One dies amid Siaya Anti-IEBC protests

By Isacc kitti       

One Person died of suffocation after inhaling on teargas during anti-IEBC demonstrations in Siaya county on Monday.The Opposition had said protests will take place on Mondays and Fridays for the removal of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba. The demonstrations are also being held in opposition to the amendments to electoral laws the Jubilee government has started in National Assembly.

The protests turned chaotic when the demonstrators stormed the electoral agency’s offices on Monday, forcing officers to unleash tear gas from canisters. Mr.Cornel Rasanga the County Governor of Siaya and MP for Alego Usonga Mr. Samuel Atandi led the protesters in action. By the time of reporters where on field the lifeless body was still lying near the Rasanga’s office.

Police fired tear gas at opposition supporters in Nairobi who were calling for officials they blame for last month’s botched presidential elections to be sacked, Reuters witnesses said.

A re-run is due to be held October 26 after the Supreme Court voided the August 8 vote due to irregularities. The court criticized election on procedural grounds but did not find any individual at the secretariat responsible.Police also fired teargas to disperse protesters in Kisumu, according to another Reuters witness.

In Migori, a determined lost carried on with demonstrations despite teargas and the sound of gunshots.Businesses were paralyzed in Kisumu after police and demonstrators clashed. At least 28 people were killed in unrest following last month’s vote.

Whether the re-run will go ahead as planned looks increasingly uncertain as the parties of the two candidates, Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, are sparring over proposed changes to the election system to prevent the Supreme Court from annulling the results again.

The President’s ruling Jubilee Party presented Parliament with proposed changes last week but Raila’s coalition has said it will not take part unless these are dropped. Western Kenya is an oppositions key strong hold region and prone to violence eruption from peaceful demonstrations.

 

 

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