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Vol 65 No 14

Published 5th July 2024


Tinubu’s government braces for Kenya-style protests

As anger grows over worsening living conditions and grand corruption, state security battens down the hatches

The mass protests in Kenya which forced William Ruto’s government to scrap US$2.4 billion of tax hikes, albeit after 20 citizens lost their lives, have prompted calls for action in several African states. Social media posts have advertised planned demonstrations and shutdowns in Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Like Kenya, all three are heavily indebted and are raising taxes steeply while their governments are accused of mismanagement and diversion of public funds.

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