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A picture taken on May 16, 2016 in Nairobi shows Kenyan riot police beating an unresponsive fallen protester with wooden sticks until they break and repeatedly kick him several times. The incident has caused Kenya's police chief to order an internal investigation into the incident and other reported incidents of police brutality on the day. Police fired tear gas and beat opposition demonstrators with truncheons on May 16 to stop them storming the offices of the electoral commission in Nairobi as they demanded new commissioners to be named ahead of elections due in August 2017. / AFP / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on May 16, 2016 in Nairobi shows Kenyan riot police beating an unresponsive fallen protester with wooden sticks until they break and repeatedly kick him several times.<br />The incident has caused Kenya’s police chief to order an internal investigation into the incident and other reported incidents of police brutality on the day. Police fired tear gas and beat opposition demonstrators with truncheons on May 16 to stop them storming the offices of the electoral commission in Nairobi as they demanded new commissioners to be named ahead of elections due in August 2017. / AFP / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Kenya police have used tear gas and water cannon against stone-throwing protesters during a demonstration in the centre of Nairobi against an electoral oversight body, which the opposition wants to scrap.

Officers on Monday, armed with batons, confronted hundreds of protesters outside the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the third such clash in less than a month. The opposition leader promised more protests.

Kenya does not hold its next presidential and parliamentary polls until August 2017, but politicians are already trying to galvanise their supporters.

The opposition CORD coalition, led by Raila Odinga who lost the 2013 vote, has accused the IEBC of bias.

“For free and fair election, IEBC must go,” read a banner held aloft by one demonstrator.


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  • nana

    these police are like rabid dogs who never let go even after they have taken their victims down. Why would you join the police if you have anger management problems. there is something obviously sick in your head to continue to hit and kick an unresponsive victim on the floor and to think you they give these psychopaths a uniform and arms to maintain law an order indeed……i shudder