Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has called for a three-day protest beginning next week, promising to escalate the protests until their demands are met.
According to the senator, the tri-weekly protests will take place from Monday to Wednesday and will end when the president agrees to review the Finance Act 2023.
“From next week, three days straight of Maandamano, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday until William Ruto understands the people suffering and repeals this law the same way that he imposed it upon them,” he said.
Speaking on Citizen TV’s Daybreak show, the senator warned that the government should listen to the demands of many Kenyans before they take the matter into their own hands.
“Its better off when known people like Sifuna, Raila, Osottsi, leading these demonstrations. The day Kenyans take this matter upon themselves there will be nobody to call on the table.” he said.
He also criticized the government for previously declaring that it would arrest Azimio leaders, claiming that they will not stop in their fight against the government and are willing to be arrested for the same reason.
“Nobody is going to threaten us. There is nothing these people have not said. There is nothing they can scare us with. If it is arrest we are ready to be arrested,” noted Sifuna.
The senator recounted the aftermath of the mayhem witnessed during Wednesday’s protests, saying the scores were injured and some were even reported dead by locals from various areas in Nairobi.
Smoke filled the air in many towns during Wednesday’s protests from bonfires lit by protestors and teargas canisters lobbed by the police.
Running battles between police and protestors occurred across the country, resulting in the deaths of nine people, including four in Mlolongo, two in Kitengela, and one in Emali in Makueni county.
The protests took place despite been declared illegal by the police.