One dead as Kenyan opposition supporters protest in streets

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There has been confrontation between anti-riot police and Opposition supporters with police lobbing teargas canisters to disperse protesters who have lit bonfires as they chant pro-NASA and anti- Ezra Chiloba slogans.

At least one person was killed and several others injured as businesses remained shut on Monday when supporters of Kenya's opposition engaged police during protests to press for electoral reforms.

Speaking after meeting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) top officials at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, U.S Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said that the repeat presidential poll must be conducted within the confines of the Constitution, saying that both political camps must respect the independence of institutions.

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He accused the opposition led by Raila Odinga of shifting the date for the poll.

In downtown Nairobi, police played cat-and-mouse with demonstrators, firing tear gas whenever they formed groups.

"If and when appropriate, we will take steps under United States law to hold people accountable, I will say that obviously visa bans and other travel measures are one possibility". They must arise and resist an attempt to try and take them back to the eras of single-party dictatorship.

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On the same day, the ruling Jubilee party - which has a majority in parliament - presented their proposal before the legislature to prevent the country's Supreme Court from annulling the results of the rerun presidential election, scheduled for October 26.

The envoys also said the growing list of political demands, inflammatory rhetoric, and boycott threats undermine the IEBC's ability to carry out its constitutionally-mandated job to hold a new election. Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters have turned their ire on the election board, accusing it of wrongly handing the August vote to Kenyatta.

The diplomats urged Kenyan leaders and citizens to reject violence, noting that the worldwide community is watching Kenya on every step of its electoral process. "We are however waiting for postmortem results to show the cause of the death", he said.

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The diplomats, who also included those from Canada and Australia, warned threatened sanctions against hardliners inciting public to violence ahead of the fresh poll.

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