Supreme Court judge's bodyguard shot ahead of Kenya poll judgment

Trevor Jackson
October 25, 2017

Politics in Kenya is often split along tribal lines, with Mr Odinga - a Luo - and Mr Kenyatta - a Kikuyu - continuing a dynastic rivalry which began with their fathers after the country won independence from Britain.

The political stand-off has also blunted growth in East Africa's richest economy, a nation valued for its stability and relative freedom in a region roiled by conflict.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday led the country in national prayers, calling on Kenyans to maintain peace ahead of the October 26 repeat presidential elections. Human rights activists have said police fatally shot 67 people since the results of the August election were announced.

Kenya's Supreme Court will hold a last-minute hearing to decide whether the re-run of the presidential election can go ahead.

Khalifa said the three want elections postponed until the electoral commission can deliver a credible vote.

"Proceeding under current conditions would deepen Kenya's ethnic cleavages and prolong a stalemate that has already claimed dozens of lives and come at a high economic cost", it said.

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There shall be no vacuum in the Office of the President should there be no election on October 26 as being pushed by NASA, a group of 25 lawyers have said. He said there was nothing yet to show that the poll would not be a sham.

On Tuesday, police fired teargas and bullets into the air to break up protesters in the capital Nairobi.

Around him, marchers waved branches and blew whistles. Police said some election board staff were seriously injured.

In his petition before the court, Pkosing argued that NASA leaders, by withdrawing their candidature from the fresh election were seeking to capture the Presidency through a crisis, triggered by failure to conduct the repeat presidential election within 60 days as ordered by the Supreme Court.

Last week, the head of the election board said it was not certain a free and fair vote could take place amid the risk of intimidation and political interference.

According to the constitution the vote must be held before 1 November.

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