Kenyan Opposition Plans Protests

By Vision Reporter

NAIROBI, Wednesday - Kenya’s main opposition alliance yesterday threatened to lead its supporters in “Madagascar-style” street protests if the ruling party rigs general elections next week.

NAIROBI, Wednesday - Kenya’s main opposition alliance yesterday threatened to lead its supporters in “Madagascar-style” street protests if the ruling party rigs general elections next week.

“If KANU (Kenya African National Union) rigs the elections, we are not going to the courts which are manned by (President Daniel arap) Moi’s judges, this time we have decided to go the Madagascar way,” Kiraitu Murungi of the opposition National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) told AFP.

Madagascar’s President Marc Ravalomanana came to power after having brought hundreds of thousands of his supporters onto the streets for a general strike and mass protests after claiming to have won outright in the first round of a December 2001 election.

He was unanimously recognised as a president in July this year when the country’s former ruler Didier Ratsiraka, who tried to cling on to the presidency despite the protests, fled to France.

“We know we are winning and we are not going to allow anyone to take away our victory this time round,” Murungi, the chairman of NARC’s legal affairs committee, told AFP in a telephone interview.
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Kenyan Opposition Plans Protests