Kenyans prepare for three nationwide protests on Wednesday across many sectors.
Kenyans prepare for three nationwide protests on Wednesday across many sectors. The day is expected to see three rallies spanning various industries, with the potential for substantial disruptions and a higher impact than past protests.
Protests by the Taxi Association
Taxi-hailing apps have declared a statewide strike, raising concerns about security, rising gasoline prices, and pay rates established by digital corporations.
The goal of the action, according to the Kenya Taxi Association, is to demand that the government address the cost of fuel, pay rates, traffic police intimidation, and insecurity.
Taxi drivers have committed to keep their vehicles off the road during the strike, adding that the action will continue until the government meets their requests.
Protests by PSV Operators
In reaction to the National Transport and Safety Authority’s (NTSA) obligatory re-testing exercise, Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) issued a 21-day strike notice.
With the deadline scheduled to expire on Wednesday, July 12, PSV operators believe that the re-testing is punitive and intended at irritating motorists. Long-distance drivers and boda boda operators support them.
The Long-Distance Drivers and Conductors Association (LODDCA) issued a statement saying, “The association calls for constructive dialogue between the Ministry of Transport, the NTSA, and stakeholders to address concerns and find mutually beneficial solutions that prioritize safety while supporting driver well-being.”
Raila Odinga, the head of Azimio la Umoja, announced nationwide protests during the Saba Saba demonstrations to reiterate his continued appeal for civil disobedience. He highlighted that concerns like punitive taxation and excessive living costs were non-negotiable.
“And next week, on Wednesday, July 12, we will have more serious demonstrations across the country,” National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi declared in the aftermath of the July 7 protests.
“I just arrived in the CBD in a matatu, and I understand what you’re going through.” The high cost of fuel has forced matatu operators to raise fares, which I blame on this ineffective administration,” Odinga told a raucous crowd in Nairobi’s Central Business District on Monday, July 10.
Odinga stated that Kenyans will take to the streets on Wednesday, not just in Nairobi, but throughout the country, to exercise their democratic rights.
Kenya Kwanza leaders have criticized the opposition leader’s remarks, especially the campaign to gather 10 million signatures, arguing that the signatures cannot remove President William Ruto from office and see it as an attempt to overthrow the government.