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Raila announces protest rally against Finance Bill, 2023

Azimio leader Raila Odinga announces Kamukunji protest rally after parliament passed the controversial Finance Bill, 2023.

Raila Odinga led coalition on Thursday, June 22, revealed its next course of action after Members of Parliament voted to endorse Finance Bill 2023.

The coalition will convene a public engagement forum to examine the Finance Bill 2023 and the national budget on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at Kamkunji grounds in Nairobi, according to a statement that Narc Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua read aloud.

Leaders of Azimio la Umoja, including Raila, would attend the forum, according to Karua, who also mentioned other financial experts will be in attendance. 

“We saw what happens when a rogue and uncaring head of the Executive branch of government decides that the only thing that matters is his ego, his fantasies and his corruption and his cronies agenda.

We also learnt the hard way that this illegitimate regime can ignore the people, their feelings, their fears, their circumstances, their hopes and aspirations and force its agenda on the people. 

“That is what Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza followers did with the passage of the Finance Bill, 2023. Ignoring the wishes of the wishes of a majority of Kenyans signals the era of dictatorship. Kenyans beware,” Karua stated.

Azimio la Umoja stated that members of the public will be granted the opportunity to ask questions and share their views on the controversial Finance Bill. 

According to the coalition, the public forum is part of Azimio la Umoja’s efforts to engage with the public on key economic issues. 

“We say sorry to the millions of Kenyans who are struggling to come to terms with the harsh reality. We know many of you think this is a nightmare that will fizzle out.

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Unfortunately, it is here with us, and here to stay, unless we act now. The Ruto regime ensured that the wishes of were ignored. Instead, he retained punitive taxes on fuel, housing, turnover, mobile money transfer and salaries, among others,” read part of Azimio la Umoja statement. 

The coalition has noted that it wants to ensure that the Finance Bill and the national budget reflect the needs of Kenyans.

Azimio la Umoja claimed that the Finance Bill 2023 will most definitely lead to hyperinflation as food prices will skyrocket, hence the need by both leaders and members of the public to resist it. 

“Where there has been inflation, we must now prepare for hyperinflation. With the new raft of taxes approved yesterday, we must prepare that money, even the little that we remained with, will simply vanish.

“To all our MPs who stood up for the people in these difficult times, we salute and celebrate you. We believe Kenyans do too. We celebrate the fact that whereas the regime had said not even a coma would be removed from the Bill, our MPs, with the push from millions of Kenyans were able to force the regime to accept not one, not tow, but several amendments. 

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