The Kenyan government has imposed a ban on demonstrations before a re-run of the country’s presidential election.
In an order issued on Thursday، authorities banned protests in business districts of the capital Nairobi، as well as the western city of Kisumu and the coastal city of Mombasa.
Internal Security Minister Fred Matiang‘i said those who violated the ban would be held personally liable for any damage.
The order comes amid a deepening political standoff in Kenya as the country prepares for a repeat of the August 8 presidential election، the results of which were annulled by the Supreme Court، PressTV reported.
The incumbent president and the declared winner of the original vote، Uhuru Kenyatta، has criticized the annulment of the vote، the first decision of its kind in Africa، saying he would win the re-run anyway.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has، however، boycotted the October 26 vote، saying irregularities that led to the annulment of the first round still remain unaddressed.