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Kenya's government bans all protests against electoral body

  • Protesters carrying sticks and rocks stand behind a barricade of burning tyres, as they call for the disbandment of the national electoral commission over allegations of bias and corruption, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, June 6, 2016. While demonstrations led by opposition leaders in the capital were largely peaceful, police in the western town of Kisumu tear-gassed demonstrators who responded by throwing stones and witnesses say some people were killed by police. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Protesters carrying sticks and rocks stand behind a barricade of burning tyres, as they call for the disbandment of the national electoral commission over allegations of bias and corruption, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, June 6, 2016. While demonstrations led by opposition leaders in the capital were largely peaceful, police in the western town of Kisumu tear-gassed demonstrators who responded by throwing stones and witnesses say some people were killed by police. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators carry away a man to hospital after they said he was shot by police in Kisumu, Kenya Monday, June 6, 2016. While demonstrations led by opposition leaders in the capital were largely peaceful, police in Kisumu tear-gassed demonstrators who responded by throwing stones and witnesses say some people were killed by police. (AP Photo/James Keyee)

    Demonstrators carry away a man to hospital after they said he was shot by police in Kisumu, Kenya Monday, June 6, 2016. While demonstrations led by opposition leaders in the capital were largely peaceful, police in Kisumu tear-gassed demonstrators who responded by throwing stones and witnesses say some people were killed by police. (AP Photo/James Keyee)  (The Associated Press)

Kenya's interior minister says the government has banned all opposition protests against the country's electoral body, a day after witnesses said police killed two demonstrators.

Joseph Nkaissery said Tuesday that the chaos did not fall within the parameters set by the constitutional court, which had called the demonstrations a constitutionally guaranteed right and ordered the police to protect protesters.

Nkaissery warned that there will be grave consequences for anyone challenging the government's decision.

The opposition has been holding protests nearly every Monday for the last six weeks to push for the disbanding of the electoral commission, which they say is biased and corrupt.

Opposition leader Senator Moses Wetangula said the ban is reminiscent of strong-arm tactics deployed by undemocratic leadership.