Kenya senator, speaker arrested amid live bullets, teargas

Kenyan police in the port city of Mombasa fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding the removal of an electoral oversight body which opposition parties want scrapped.

Daily Nation reports that Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale has been arrested.

Several other people sustained gunshot injuries as opposition riots against IEBC turned violent in Kakamega.

Mombasa County Assembly speaker Thaddeus Rajwayi and 11 others were also arrested during the demonstrations in the county.

Police fired teargas canisters at protesters gathering outside IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers Nairobi.

Police is still patrolling the streets in riot gear while businesses remained closed for fear of looting.

Reuters said about 300 hundred protesters were seen waving placards reading “IEBC must go home now”, a reference to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

A week ago, Kenya police unleashed utmost brutality on the protesters, kicking, gun butting and whipping them mercilessly.

Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta later said the protests were against the law and would be contained at all costs.

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Former Kenyan Prime Minister turned opposition leader Raila Odinga insists the electoral commission must be disbanded.

“Holding public office is primarily based on enjoying public confidence. IEBC no longer enjoys this confidence,” he said.

Raila says the People do not exist for IEBC but rather IEBC exists for the People and must therefore serve their greater good.

“It is time for the Commissioners to vacate and pave way for reform of the institution to allow peaceful, free and fair elections in 2017!”

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