Kenya Erupts in Protests Over Controversial Finance Bill

June 26, 2024 0 Posted By Kaptain Kush

In the past week, Kenya has been rocked by widespread protests and civil unrest as citizens took to the streets to voice their opposition to a controversial finance bill. The bill, which proposes a series of tax hikes and new levies, has sparked outrage among the public, particularly among the country’s youth, who have been at the forefront of the demonstrations.

The protests began on June 18th, with hundreds of people gathering in various cities across Kenya to express their discontent with the proposed legislation. The demonstrations quickly turned violent, with police using tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. In the ensuing chaos, at least one person was killed, and hundreds were injured.

The situation escalated on June 20th when protesters stormed the Kenyan Parliament, forcing lawmakers to flee the building. The military was subsequently deployed to quell the unrest, and President William Ruto vowed to prevent any further violence “at whatever cost.”

The protests continued throughout the week, with demonstrators calling for the withdrawal of the finance bill and President Ruto’s resignation. The government responded by arresting dozens of protesters and cracking down on social media, leading to accusations of censorship and suppression of free speech.

The international community has expressed concern over the situation in Kenya. Several countries have issued statements condemning the use of excessive force by the police and calling for a peaceful resolution to the crisis. The African Union has also weighed in, urging all parties to de-escalate and engage in dialogue.

As the country remains on edge, it remains to be seen whether the government will withdraw the controversial finance bill or if the protests will continue to escalate. One thing is certain, however: the past week’s events have shaken Kenya to its core and highlighted the country’s deep divisions.

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