Kenyans brace for 3 looming nationwide protests on Wednesday across different sectors
As Kenyans prepare for Wednesday, July 12, a sense of caution is being urged throughout the nation.
The day is expected to witness three protests across different sectors, with the potential for major disruptions and a greater impact compared to previous demonstrations.
Taxi Association Protests
The taxi-hailing apps have announced a nationwide strike, raising concerns over insecurity, escalating fuel prices, and pay rates set by digital companies.
According to the Taxi Association in Kenya, the purpose of the action is to demand the government address the cost of fuel, pay rates, traffic police intimidation, and insecurity.
Taxi-hailing drivers have pledged to keep their cars off the road during the strike, emphasizing that the action will continue until their demands are met by the government.
Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) issued a 21-day strike notice in response to the mandatory re-testing exercise conducted by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
With the deadline set to lapse on Wednesday, July 12, PSV operators, supported by long-distance drivers and boda boda operators, argue that the re-testing is punitive and aimed at frustrating motorists.
“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’s well-being,” read a statement by the Long-Distance Drivers and Conductors Association (LODDCA).
During the Saba Saba demonstrations, Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga announced nationwide protests to voice his ongoing call for civil disobedience. He emphasized that issues such as punitive taxes and the high cost of living 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 said following the July 7 demonstrations.
“I just arrived in the CBD in a matatu, and I know what you people are going through. The high cost of fuel has led matatu operators to increase fares, and I blame it on this inept administration,” Odinga told a charged crowd in the Central Business District on Monday, July 10.
Odinga said that Kenyans will return to the streets not just in Nairobi but across the country on Wednesday to exercise their democratic rights.
The opposition leader’s remarks, including the push to collect 10 million signatures, have drawn criticism from Kenya Kwanza leaders, who argue that the signatures cannot remove President William Ruto from office and perceive it as an attempt to overthrow the government.