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Police ban anti-IEBC protests in city centre on Monday

Police have banned Opposition leaders and their supporters from holding their weekly demonstrations in the city centre to demand for reforms in the electoral commission.

Police spokesman George Kinoti released a statement on Friday evening that said Cord leaders should respect an earlier court order stopping the demonstrations.

“We wish to inform that the notification (by Cord) cannot be honored on account of valid orders issued by the high Court of Kenya on 29th April 2016, barring any demonstrations against IEBC.”

The police spokesman, in his statement, warned that those who will participate in the Monday demonstrations risk being arrested and prosecuted.

Hours earlier, Cord leader Raila Odinga had insisted that their weekly demonstrations will resume on Monday if Jubilee will not have named its negotiating team.

“Our next course of action is obvious, yet we do not want to take the people to the streets. We hope they will not compel us to adopt the last recourse,” said Raila.

The head of the opposition was speaking at the burial ceremony of former ODM national elections board member Henry Kathurima near Timau in Buuri, Meru County.