Kenya police on Monday fired teargas to disperse opposition supporters while trying to storm electoral commission offices in the capital Nairobi and across the country.
Cord leader Raila Odinga’s car was attacked, putting his life in danger, in the chaos, according to Daily Nation.
Odinga’s vehicle’s windscreen was smashed in the process; its not clear whether by a bullet or a stone.
In Kisii town, police fired several times in the air and engaged the demonstrators in running battles.
The officers’ action came barely minutes after Kisii County Governor James Ongwae and Senator Chris Obure had addressed the demonstrators at the county government headquarters.
They called for the disbandment of the current Kenyan electoral commission.
The demos, which started from Kisii Hotel, turned chaotic when the protesters attempted to force their way into the IEBC offices.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) youth leader Eric Janganya, one of the demo’s leaders, said the party would not relent until the commission is disbanded.
Security officers, led by Administration Police County Commander Mohammed Kutsola and OCPD Francis Kithinji, fired several rounds in the air to disperse the protesters.
Opposition supporters beaten
Riot police officers clobbered Cord supporters and engaged them in running battles that raged from the entrance to the IEBC offices to Gusii Stadium.
Another group that was dispersed also regrouped at the Daraja Moja bridge but was quickly dispersed by the police.
In Kisumu, two MCAs, an activist and an ODM official are nursing serious injuries after they were allegedly beaten by anti-riot police during the anti-IEBC demos.
Nereah Okombo (Manyatta B) and nominated member Pamela Odhiambo were rushed to hospital following injuries sustained during the protest.
Ms Okombo suffered head injuries after she was hit by a tear-gas canister while Ms Odhiambo was roughed up by officers from the Quick Response Team wing of the Administration Police.
Just before Ms Odhiambo was attacked by the police officers, she was standing a few meters from the IEBC Nyanza regional office washing her face after she was overwhelmed by tear gas.
The demonstrators walked all the way from Kondele, where they had converged, and later held a procession along Oginga Odinga and Angawa streets before heading to the IEBC offices through Jomo Kenyatta Avenue.
She asked IEBC chairman Issack Hassan to read the public mood and vacate office instead of subjecting the country to unnecessary tension.
In Machakos County, Wiper Party leaders, including County Woman Representative Susan Musyoka, Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala and Machakos Central Ward MCA Cornelius Kitheka, led supporters in protests at Mulu Mutisya Gardens.
Demonstrators in Nairobi marched along city streets blowing whistles and chanting anti-IEBC slogans as they demanded that commissioners leave office.