Two opposition protesters shot dead in west Kenya

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Area police commander Paul Kiarie said some stormed the police station armed with crude weapons during protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC).

"One of them has a large injury on the head and another on the chest".

Bondo lawmaker Gideon Ochanda condemned the killings, saying the police should exercise restraint as they disperse the demonstrators.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will soon sign into law the controversial Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2017 after it was passed by both the National Assembly and the Senate.

However, Odinga on Tuesday announced he would not take part, accusing the IEBC of failing to make fundamental reforms. But longtime rival Odinga says his withdrawal legally forces election officials to begin the entire process from scratch - a move that leaves more time for his reform demands to be met. "They, however, have not submitted the statutory Form 24A", the IEBC statement read.

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Towns affected include Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu where Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi warned of tough action on protesters making their way to the Central Business District, with plans now underway to arrest the organiser of earlier protests Norman Magaya of NASA.

In an exclusive interview with Citizen TV, the opposition leader, who is now in London, United Kingdom, maintained that he will not participate in the repeat presidential race.

However, the opposition pushed ahead with protests on Friday, and plans to stage daily rallies next week.

Transport was paralyzed in the lakeside city of Kisumu as youth lit bonfires and barricaded roads using rocks and burning tyres amid heavy security presence.

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"We have the report of one person shot and he has been taken to hospital", a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Police in coastal Mombasa fired teargas at a crowd trying to march into the city.

"We are not intimidated", insisted James Orengo, a vocal NASA official.

Many observers agreed the 2007 election was deeply flawed, and it triggered politically motivated tribal violence that left more than 1,100 dead. Doctor Juliana Otieno at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital - named for Odinga's father - said three patients had been admitted with gunshot wounds.

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