Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga has declared Friday, the 7th of July a day of protests to express the rejection of the newly announced tax measures.
Speaking on Sunday at the homecoming of the newly elected Luo Council of Elders Chairman in Kisumu, the Azimio leader asked Kenyans to turn up in large numbers on Friday to demonstrate their disapproval of what he said was a takeover of parliament by the executive.
The Azimio leader described the Finance Act of 2023 as oppressive and would raise the cost of living. He pointed out that the Members of Parliament Kenyans voted for have been compromised and no longer listen to them, but the president.
“All the Members of Parliament that you voted for have been compromised, they no longer listen to whatever the mwananchi has to say, they are dancing to the tune of President Ruto. The government looks like it wants to impose taxes on us by force and it is why we say no taxation without representation,” Mr. Odinga said.
He promised to take care of leadership at the top and urged all Kenyans to come out on Friday for the demonstrations.
“I want you take care of those leaders down here, I will be dealing with the leadership at the top. Please listen to me, on 7th this Friday, I want all of you to come out, will you come out?” He posed.
Nyando legislator Jared Okello told off Kenya Kwanza leaders for attacking the judiciary over the court’s order against the implementation of the new Finance law. He maintained that the court’s decision should be respected by everyone.
By Matildah Obaigwa