Photo|Courtesy: Image used as evidence of youths demonstrating against high costs 9f living and chanting anti-government slogans
Hundreds of youths from the Democratic Republic of Kenya have taken to the streets in different regions of the country to protest against the incumbent Kenya Kwanza administration under President William Samoei Ruto who purportedly won the August 9th, 2022 presidential elections. Mr. Ruto has been going through tough political times as a mammoth of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition movement supporters under His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga protesting against his administration.
The protesters have been citing rising insecurity, high cost of living, deteriorating economy, and electoral fraud among other socioeconomic issues. Mr. Ruto's win and subsequent declaration as Kenya's fifth president by the controversial electoral body has been going through several challenges with many youths siding with His Excellency the Right Honorable Raila Odinga in opposing the alleged victory.
The Azimio leader has been traveling across the country with his large envoy and hosts of allies urging Kenyans to hold protests due to the high living standards they have been subjected to by Mr. Ruto's government. The former Africa Union (AU) High Representative in charge of infrastructure across the continent has called for a nationwide mass protest on March 20th as they walk to the State House in a move to reclaim their stolen victory.
Many Kenyans across the nation, especially the youths, have been holding protests as a warm-up exercise to the mega event on March 20th. Hundreds of youths on Monday 13th, March took to the streets of Roysambu, Kasarani, Nyandarua, Migori, and Mombasa towns to protest against Mr. Ruto's administration and high costs of living.
1. Protests in Roysambu and Kasarani
According to the latest reports by Ma3Route media, a group of youths from Roysambu and Kasarani have taken to the streets to protest against the high cost of living. The image shared by the media outlet shows youths protesting along the busy Thika Superhighway.
“Demonstrations on Thika Superhighway as you approach Roysambu and kasarani roundabout. Traffic jam from Mountain Mall,” Ma3Route reported.
2. Protests in Nyandarua
Mount Kenya youths from Nyandarua also took to the streets to demonstrate against high living standards ahead of Azimio's March 20th walk to the State House in Nairobi, Kenya.
“Azimio supporters in Nyandarua county have heeded the call of mass action to protest against the Kenya Kwanza government,” KTN News reports.
3. Protests in Migori
Migori residents were also not left behind as they took to the roads to paralyze transport and business in protest against the current high cost of living.
“Transport paralyzed, businesses closed as Azimio supporters protest in Migori,” Citizen TV Kenya reported.
4. Protest Rally In Mombasa
His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and his Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition movement on March 12 took their protest rally in Mombasa County where they held a mega rally in Mtawata.
“Raila In Kilifi: Azimio leader holds protest rally in Mtwapa. #CitizenBriefs,” Citizen TV Kenya reports.
The protests across different parts of the country have sparked mixed reactions among Kenyans on social media with most people supporting the move to affordable living standards in response to Raila's mass action. Below are some of the reactions from social media users:
Should the two leaders meet and have a peace talk? Do you think His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga will include the Sugoi waste product in his sirkal after March 20th? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
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