Teargas as anti-IEBC Nasa demos rage across Kenya

A protester holds a placard asking IEBC boss Chiloba to leave

Kenya former premier and NASA alliance leader, Raila Odinga, has maintained the opposition will not take part in the coming elections unless the reforms they demanded are put in practice.

“The deep yearning that ordinary wananchi have for a better and just life is visibly manifest everywhere we go,” Raila said.

He added: “We shall not relent as we work towards a free and fair election which is a prerequisite for the rule of law and just governance.”

New demonstrations are already spreading across Kenya under the #NoReformsNoElections hashtag aimed at forcing Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) institute reforms ahead of repeat presidential election set for October 26.

In Kisumu, there was a confrontation between security officers and Opposition supporters on Monday with anti-riot police lobbing teargas canisters to disperse protesters who lit bonfires as they chanted NASA and anti- IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba slogans.

Kisumu MP leading a protest
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The demos are led by Kisumu Central MP Fred Ouda. Businesses, however, within the Kisumu CBD and nearby estates proceeded without any interruption, according to The Standard Digital.

Several political leaders from the region are participating in the demos that were announced last week by the Opposition chief Raila Odinga.

Police deploys

Nasa supporters in Homa Bay Town held demos to push for the resignation of Chiloba and other officials from the commission.

Police officers were seen on standby at anniversary towers. Demonstrators were also seen arriving at Uhuru Gardens in Mombasa.

A police truck was spotted along Moi Avenue in Mombasa.

A protest in Kisumu