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Vol 65 No 14

Published 5th July 2024


Youth revolt wins after Ruto scraps finance bill and pledges talks

Government backs down over tax hikes but is accused of killing over 20 protestors after hundreds of thousands took to the streets

In response to the biggest national protest for decades – activists marched in 35 out of Kenya’s 47 counties – President William Ruto announced on 26 June he had rejected the latest version of the finance bill with an extra US$2.3 billion of tax hikes. It was those tax hikes, that the government claimed were necessary to meet the fiscal targets of its IMF programme, which had driven hundreds of thousands of young protestors on to the streets.

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