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I am proud of our young people! Ruto breaks silence on Gen Z protests

I am proud of our young people!  Ruto breaks silence on Gen Z protests

President William Ruto has broken his silence over ongoing protests by Kenyan youth against the 2024 Finance Bill.

Speaking in Nyahururu on Sunday, Ruto said he was proud that the youths came forward tribeless and peacefully to be considered.

He said what they did was their democratic duty and that his administration would ask them about their concerns.

The president insisted his government would work with young people to build a better country.

“Our young people are committed to engaging in the affairs of their country. They have made it their democratic duty to stand up and be recognized and I want to tell you that we are going to have a conversation with you so that we can identify your problems and we can work together as a nation and streamline your problems.

“I am very proud of our young people. They have moved forward without tribes, they have moved forward peacefully and I want to tell them that we are going to commit so that together we can build a better nation,” Ruto said.

What I want to encourage them is that we care about their problems.”

He added that in the next financial year, they have set aside funds to create employment opportunities for the youth and also enable them to access TVET and university education.

His remarks come after Kenya’s Gen Z staged protests across the country against the “punitive” 2024 finance bill.

The President and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua were at the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Diocese of Nyahururu for a religious service as well as the consecration and enthronement of Rev. Major Samson Mburu Gachathi as the 3rd Bishop of the diocese.

Last week, Generation Z in Kenya staged protests across the country against the 2024 Finance Bill, calling for its rejection of punitive taxes.

The protests began on Tuesday in Nairobi and on Wednesday in Mombasa. On Thursday, various other parts of the country joined the protests, including Kisii, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri and Nanyuki.

Despite the protests, 204 MPs voted in favor of the bill, while 105 others voted against.

The majority having won its case, the project will now be sent back to the plenary committee of the House where amendments will be made from Tuesday next week.