Riots in Kenya city after rumor about alleged election fraudSeptember 13, 2017 2:18pm

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Riots broke out in Kenya's opposition stronghold of Kisumu city after a rumor spread about alleged efforts to rig next month's presidential election, a police official said Wednesday.

Several people were injured as police engaged youth who blocked roads in the southwestern city and threw stones, Nyanza regional police boss Leonard Katana said. Police used tear gas to disperse them, he said.

The Kenya Television Network reported that youth stormed a meeting of women from various religious groups at a local hotel as they discussed how to ensure a peaceful election. The women told KTN that the youth beat them up and stole their phones before police intervened.

Kenya will hold a repeat presidential election on Oct. 17 after the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election last month. Opposition leader Raila Odinga went to court claiming electoral fraud.

Odinga has repeatedly said he won't participate in next month's vote unless changes are made to the East African nation's electoral commission, which the court said had committed irregularities.

On Wednesday, a principal member of Odinga's coalition said opposition members of parliament will boycott all parliamentary activity until the new election. Moses Wetangula called the current chamber "devoid of any legality."

Civil society activists demonstrated in the capital, Nairobi, to push the electoral commission's top officials to resign.

"There must be action around officials who are associated with electoral offenses. We cannot go for a new round of elections without having action on these officials and they cannot conduct new elections," said Gladwell Otieno, executive director of the Africa Center for Open Governance.

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

Two Maasai women pass by a police barrier erected to keep protesters away from the Supreme Court in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. In a detailed ruling issued Wednesday the court said it nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election largely because the electoral commission refused scrutiny of its computerized voting system. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Kenya electoral officials set Oct.26 as date for new polls
Sen. Luther Strange debates against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
US Senate contender has history of provocative comments
A demonstrator carries a sign during a march outside federal court in New Orleans, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. With immigrants and their advocates chanting and beating drums outside, a federal appeals court heard arguments Friday on whether it should allow a Texas law aimed at combatting "sanctuary cities" to immediately take effect. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance Jenkins)
Texas asks court to allow its ban on 'sanctuary cities'
Kenya's electoral commission announces it has moved the date for fresh presidential election to Oct 26.Kenya's electoral commission announces it has moved the date for fresh presidential election to Oct 26.
Tiffany Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, sits in the audience before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives to speak at the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Tiffany Trump attends the Georgetown University Law Center. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Justice Ginsburg surprise speaker at Jewish new year service
Supreme Court's Gorsuch touts conservative role for judgesSupreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has espoused a conservative role for judges in a speech in the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who championed his confirmation
This component is currently unavailable.

Related Searches

Related Searches