The ongoing protests in Kenya over the presidential elections have claimed two victims.

Two people were shot dead as a crowd of protesters clashed with police on Friday in the hometown of opposition leader Raila Odinga in western Kenya, witnesses told AFP.

“One of them has a large injury on the head and another on the chest. They are all lying there in a pool of blood,” said Charleston Okelo, a witness.

Security Minister Fred Matiangi on Thursday banned rallies in the centre of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, accusing opposition supporters of lawlessness after incidents in which property was destroyed, passers-by robbed or assaulted, and business disrupted.

However the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition vowed to push on with a planned protest Friday, and stage rallies every day next week.

“We will continue with our demonstrations as planned across the country,” said one of the coalition’s leaders Moses Wetangula.

The protests come as Kenya is mired in confusion over a presidential election that is due to take place in less than two weeks, on October 26.

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