Kenyan police on Friday fired tear gas to disperse supporters cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi, a Reuters photographer said. Pascale Davies reports.
Kenyan police fired tear gas at a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga on Friday (November 17). He'd just landed in Nairobi after a trip to the U.S. and the police were trying to stop him from reaching the capital's business district. A Reuters photographer says two people were killed as police and demonstrators fought on one of the main roads. Odinga's supporters had wanted to welcome him, despite a partial ban on protests in the city. But they were pushed back with water cannons and tear gas. Some threw stones at police in retaliation. Odinga has called for a so called 'National Resistance Movement' to protest against the outcome of a repeated Presidential Election. Incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta won a second five year term in that poll. He won 98 percent of the votes cast in October, but only 39 percent of registered voters took part. Most of Odinga's supporters heeded his call to boycott that contest, which was a rerun of an earlier disputed poll. The Supreme Court annulled the results of the first August election over procedural irregularities. Kenyatta won that one too. On Monday (November 20), the Supreme court will meet again. Judges could order yet another rerun, or clear the way for Kenyatta to be sworn in. It's seen as the last chance for legal scrutiny of the vote, but any verdict could result in yet more violence. Human rights groups say at least 66 people have died in bloodshed surrounding the two elections. The prolonged election season has stirred fears for the stability of the east African nation and disrupted its economy.