Kenyan police fired tear gas and beat opposition demonstrators with truncheons Monday to stop them storming the offices of the electoral commission to demand its dissolution. Hundreds of protesters were prevented from reaching the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Some of the demonstrators threw stones at police. There have been several such protests in recent weeks. Protests were also held in other Kenyan towns, including Kisumu and Kisii in the southwest, with police there firing tear gas to break up the crowds, local media reported.
“Police are using unnecessary excessive force on peaceful demonstrators, they are not justified at all,” said former prime minister Raila Odinga, promising to hold protests every Monday.
Odinga, who lost his latest bid for the presidency in 2013, accuses the electoral commission of being biased towards President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He has demanded that a new slate of commissioners be named ahead of the next election in August 2017.
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