Kenyan police said today they will not allow three days of mass rallies planned next week to protest against President Mwai Kibaki’s disputed re-election.
The leading opposition party had called for the demonstrations in more than 20 areas of the country after attempts failed to bring together its leader Raila Odinga and Mr Kibaki.
Mr Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement, which claims Mr Kibaki rigged his victory, wanted to flood the streets with demonstrators despite waves of violence which have already led to 500 deaths.
Police had already banned all rallies since trouble broke out after the vote on December 27 that returned Mr Kibaki to power for another five-year term.
They have used tear gas, water cannon and live bullets fired over people’s heads to block previous attempts to assemble.