Sunday, July 14, 2024

Kenyan President Ruto Pledges to Accept Suggestions of Youth Amid Fresh Protests – N.F Times

In response to the unrest, which began on June 18, 2024, President William Ruto has announced plans to implement some recommendations put forth by the country’s youth. Ruto acknowledged the concerns of young Kenyans and pledged to take action on key issues.

“My good sons and daughters let me tell you that I value what you do. I have heard what you have said, I have seen what you have done, and you have made recommendations,” Ruto stated. He committed to implementing some of these suggestions, particularly focusing on reducing government expenditure and streamlining government offices.

The President recognized that the youth have presented him with challenging options and announced plans to hold a meeting with them before the end of the week. “I will deal with some of the issues you have raised. You have given me some difficult choices; I will suggest to you how we can together go about the difficult choices you have put on the table,” Ruto explained.

Emphasizing the importance of dialogue, Ruto called for respect and urged the youth to protect the nation within the bounds of the law. He stressed the need for unity, saying, “We have a country to keep. It is the only home we have, and we must do whatever it is that we do within the parameters of the law, respecting one another and talking to one another with respect so that we can move forward together as a country.”

Meanwhile, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) report highlights concerns about excessive force used against protesters, with incidents of police violence against medical personnel, lawyers, and journalists. The commission also reported 32 cases of “enforced or involuntary disappearances” and 627 arrests of protesters.

Despite Ruto’s announcement that he would not sign the controversial Finance Bill into law, fresh protests have been called beginning Tuesday. Activists are using social media to organize demonstrations with hashtags such as “Occupy Everywhere” and “Ruto Must Go.”

Kenya’s economic situation remains precarious, with the country’s total debt standing at $80 billion, representing 68% of its GDP. This exceeds the World Bank and IMF’s recommended maximum of 55%, raising concerns about the nation’s financial stability.

Also Read: Kenya: Fresh Protests Begin Rejecting President Ruto’s Dialogue Appeal

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