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Kenya's opposition to resume banned protests next week

Kenya's opposition to resume banned protests next week


Kenya’s opposition coalition has announced it would go ahead with political protests next week despite a government ban on rallies for a dialogue.

Tensions have been mounting in the East African nation since early April when an opposition group, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), began a weekly protests demanding the leadership of the electoral committee be sacked.

The group accuses the electoral committee of incompetence and bias in favour of the government.

At least four protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces in the opposition stronghold of Western Kenya while scores have been injured.

Authorities in the country had banned protest this week but the opposition coalition said it would dishonor the ban.

In a statement issued on Friday, CORD said its programmes for demonstrations are are still in place for Monday and Thursday next week.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto had urged the opposition to end demonstrations over the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Meanwhile, IEBC officials have denied allegations of being biased saying they will stay in office.

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