Supporters of Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga, took to the streets Wednesday as poll officials mull their next move after his withdrawal from election re-run.
This has plunged the country into uncharted waters.
Opinions are split on what Odinga’s decision implies for what has already been a dramatic election saga, with President Uhuru Kenyatta insisting the October 26 vote must go ahead.
Thousands of Odinga’s supporters poured into the streets of his western strongholds of Kisumu and Homa Bay, carrying sticks and placards and chanting: “no reforms, no elections”.
Crowds also began gathering in Nairobi under the watchful eye of anti-riot police.
Kenya’s Supreme Court last month annulled Kenyatta’s victory in an August 8 election due to widespread irregularities in the counting process.
The court then called for a re-run within 60 days.
However, the process quickly hit a deadlock, with Odinga demanding deep reforms that the election commission (IEBC) said were impossible to deliver in the constitutionally mandated period.
It was against this backdrop that Odinga withdrew from the race.