Opposition leaders have called for daily demonstrations ahead of the fresh elections. "One person had his head shattered by a bullet while the other was hit on the chest", said eyewitness Sam Oguma. Election officials have been locked in crisis meetings since the decision, as debate raged over what Odinga's move could mean for a dramatic election saga that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta's August 8 victory annulled by the Supreme Court. Three of them are gunshot injuries.
"This ban, announced just two weeks ahead of a fraught repeat presidential election, is likely to become a basis for heavy-handed police crackdowns", said Michelle Kagari, a deputy regional director with Amnesty International.
In Kisumu, a stronghold of Odinga support, protesters reacted angrily when police turned water cannon on them to prevent them from entering the city centre.
Odinga has argued that his withdrawal from the race forces the IEBC to cancel the election and begin the whole process from scratch - allowing more time for his reforms. Odinga demanded deep reforms that the election commission (IEBC) said were impossible to deliver in the constitutionally mandated period.
Kenyatta on Friday signed a supplementary budget allocating $116 million (12 billion shillings) for the new election.
Riot policemen detain a man during clashes between supporters of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and supporters of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, during a protest in Nairobi, Kenya, October 11, 2017.
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga have been holding regular demonstrations in Mombasa, Kisumu, and the capital Nairobi to push for election reforms before the October 26 re-run of Kenya's presidential election.
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Kenyan police shot dead two people and wounded a third when a crowd tried to storm a police station during an opposition protest against a looming presidential vote re-run, a senior official said.
Burning tyres blocked main roads in the city, bringing business to a standstill.
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.
Since the initial presidential election, protests have been taking place throughout the county on a almost daily basis, leaving 37 people dead.
The protests have raised fears of drawn out instability as Kenya faces its worst political crisis since a disputed 2007 election led to months of politically-motivated tribal violence that left more than 1,100 dead.
During protests on Wednesday, several were treated for gunshot wounds in Kisumu, according to a doctor at the local hospital.