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Friday 27th
posted by Morning Star in World

KENYAN police killed three protesters as yesterday’s rerun of August’s annulled election proceeded despite an opposition boycott.

Rioting broke out in opposition areas as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission pressed on with a presidential election that Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga said was not credible.

Three people were killed in protests, an anonymous police source said: one in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu county, another in Homa Bay in the west and the third in Athi River town outside the capital Nairobi.

Police Inspector-General Joseph Boinet said there was also violence in Nairobi’s Kibera and Mathare shanty towns, also ODM strongholds.

Not a single ballot box was delivered to central Kisumu’s 190 polling stations, said election official John Ngutai Muyekho. He sat with the uncollected boxes in a school guarded by security forces.

“If anyone comes to collect, I’m ready. But so far no-one has,” Mr Muyekho said.

Election commission chair Wafula Chebukati insisted that voting in Kisumu and other areas where polling was disrupted by protests would go ahead on Saturday.

Incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the August 8 vote was overturned by Kenya’s Supreme Court after allegations of ballot-rigging following the murder of an election official.

On Wednesday the same court was unable to rule on an urgent ODM petition to postpone the election when only two judges showed up, short of the quorum.

Two judges who voted against the annulment failed to attend, along with the deputy chief justice, whose police driver was shot and seriously injured the previous day.