In Summary
  • The opposition is pushing for systems and personnel changes at IEBC before repeat presidential election, including the dropping of Dubai-based ballots printer Al Ghurair and French technology supplier OT-Morpho.
  • Nasa also wants IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and 10 other top officials accused of bungling August 8 poll , which was quashed by the Supreme Court, shown the door.

Police and opposition supporters have clashed over the latter defied government ban and took their anti-IEBC demos some city centres.

In Mombasa, anti-riot police were not taking chances as they swarmed the coastal city's streets to enforce the government directive.

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They dispersed a group of National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters who had converged on Uhuru Gardens along Moi Avenue and later Nkrumah Road.

Deputy Governor William Kingi, Senator Mohammed Faki and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir were leading the protests when police fired the corrosive gas.

The protesters and their leaders scampered for safety, with police in hot pursuit.

It was not immediately clear if the officers made any arrests and if the protesters suffered any injuries.

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Anti-riot police officers patrol Uhuru Gardens in Mombasa. They dispersed Nasa supporters who were assembling there. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A clash was looming in the capital Nairobi and Kisumu, the other cities the government has banned demos in central business district.

In Kisumu, Orange Democratic Movement, a Nasa affiliate party, said they would enter the CBD of the lakeside city.

Kisumu Senator Fred Outa told the Nation that they would stage demos in all parts of the town.

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Police disperse Nasa demonstrators on Nkrumah Road in Mombasa. PHOTO | MOHAMED AHMED | NATION MEDIA GROUP

According to Mr Outa, Interior acting Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who banned the demos in CBDs, does not have powers over the Constitution which "guarantees right to picket."

By 9am, protesters had started gathering at Kondele area in readiness for their march to the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Milimani.

Police blocked major roads leading to town at the Aga Khan roundabout.

They used teargas to break up an assembly of Nasa supporters around the Aga Khan Hospital and the town’s main stage.

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Anti-IEBC protesters used burning tires to barricade roads in Homa Bay. PHOTO BARACK ODUOR | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Nairobi, police tear-gassed Nasa leaders, led by James Orengo, as they left their Upper Hill office to stage anti-IEBC demos in Nairobi CBD.

There was an uneasy calm and normalcy ahead of the planned demos.

But the central business district of the capital was on a police lockdown.

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