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

Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga

Kenyan police fired teargas and shots in the air to scatter a small number of demonstrators in Nairobi two days before elections as the main opposition leader appeared to row back from a call for protests during the vote.

Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won August's poll, but opposition leader, Raila Odinga, went to court over alleged fraud and demanded a rerun, which he was granted. Njoroge said one person shouted "finish him" and they shot him in the mouth and twice in the chest before fleeing with the officer's gun.

According to the judge, IEBC has done what the Supreme Court directed them to do and if there's a contempt of court by the NASA principals - who withdrew from the election - the Supreme Court can deal with the matter.

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.

But last week electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said "it's hard to guarantee a free, fair and credible election".

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The court hearing will occur even though Kenya's interior ministry has declared Wednesday and Thursday to be public holidays. "We have not told people to protest on polling day".

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

Incumbent President Kenyatta emerged victor of the August election but a ruling by Kenyan Supreme Court annulled the outcome of the election over what it deemed clear illegalities and irregularities in the conduct of the election.

The sporadic confrontations in downtown Nairobi on Tuesday occurred amid bustling traffic and forced some city workers and passers-by to race away from the acrid clouds of tear gas. Human rights activists have said police fatally shot 67 people since the results of the August election were announced.

Tensions have been mounting in the East African country ahead of the poll rerun, with nearly daily mass protests and foreign diplomats warning a fair election can not be guaranteed.

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