Kenyan police have resorted to teargas to keep opposition supporters from protesting against the retention of the electoral commission officials they blame for the country’s last month’s annulled elections.
This is coming six days after the Kenyan police used teargas to disperse about 300 opposition protesters waving placards and chanting “Chiloba out” outside the headquarters of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC. Ezra Chiloba is the IEBC’s chief executive.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga is insisting on widespread reforms of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of a fresh presidential election scheduled for October 26.
The Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential election. The annulment has heightened political tensions in Kenya, with President Uhuru Kenyatta describing the court decision as “a judicial coup” while Odinga has threatened to boycott the new election unless the IEBC is overhauled.