Title: Protests Subside in Kenyan Cities as Citizens Resume Daily Activities
In a move that surprised many, protests against tax hikes and high living costs in Kenyan cities have largely subsided on Thursday. After clashes between security forces and demonstrators resulted in several people being shot on Wednesday, the situation seemed to calm down, allowing residents to resume their daily tasks.
Reports indicate that at least 300 individuals, including senior opposition leaders, were arrested during the protests. However, minor skirmishes did occur between protesters and the police in Kibera, a shantytown in Nairobi. Despite these isolated incidents, most residents seem to be going about their normal business.
Shops in the capital’s central business district have reopened, and traffic has increased on major roads. This positive development is accompanied by the reopening of schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu, which were temporarily shut due to the protests.
The economic impact of these demonstrations has been significant, with the protests costing the economy more than $20 million per day. This loss has taken a toll on businesses and livelihoods, further exacerbating the existing economic challenges faced by the nation.
Notably, veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga did not appear in public during the protests on Wednesday and Thursday. In a statement, Odinga emphasized that the protests were not about him or the opposition leaders but rather focused on addressing the concerns of the citizens.
President William Ruto commended the police for their efforts in containing the protests. Ruto’s government argues that the higher taxes implemented last month were necessary to tackle the growing national debt and to fund initiatives aimed at creating employment opportunities.
Reflecting the severity of the situation, previous rounds of protests earlier this month resulted in the loss of at least 15 lives. Opposition lawmaker Paul Ongili has been charged with conspiring to commit “subversive activities which are prejudicial to public order,” though he firmly denies the allegations.
As the dust begins to settle, Kenyan citizens hope for a resolution that addresses their grievances and leads to improved living conditions. It remains to be seen how the government will respond to their demands for relief from the burden of high taxes and soaring costs of living.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute financial, political, or legal advice.
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