Maandamano continues tomorrow
Kenyans are scheduled to take to the streets for three days of protests against the government’s policies. The protests are being organized by the Azimio coalition, led by Raila Odinga.
In a statement, Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma said that the protests are a result of the way President William Ruto is leading the country. He cited concerns such as the high cost of living, the government’s hunger for borrowing, and the targeting of democracy and multi-partyism.
Kaluma also criticized the government for muzzling independent offices and commissions, stalling talks for electoral reforms, and becoming arrogant and dictatorial.
He urged the government to stop the protests by returning the Finance Act, 2023 to Parliament for repeal, restructuring the government to reflect the face of Kenya, and stopping corruption.
Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen has urged Odinga to call off the protests. He said that the issues being raised by the Azimio coalition can be discussed in parliament.
It remains to be seen whether the protests will go ahead as planned. However, the fact that they are being organized by a major political coalition suggests that they could have a significant impact on the country.