‘Kenya Kwanza Leading Us To Bankruptcy,’ Wanjigi Declares As He Backs Raila On Return Of Demos


‘Kenya Kwanza Leading Us To Bankruptcy,’ Wanjigi Declares As He Backs Raila On Return Of Demos

Businessman and former presidential candidate Jimi Wanjigi has expressed his support for Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party, who has threatened to resume demonstrations in order to compel the government to reduce the cost of living.

Wanjigi stated that Odinga’s call is well-timed, pointing out that Kenyans are burdened with excessive taxes, and the current administration appears indifferent to their hardships.

Emphasizing the escalating national debt, he asserted that the cost of living has become unmanageable for ordinary citizens.


Therefore, Wanjigi advocates for street protests to exert pressure on the Kenya Kwanza administration to revoke the contentious Finance Act of 2023 for the benefit of the people.

“I support him (Odinga) 101%. Street action and maandamano are embedded in our Constitution. This pain must be expressed, and let it be expressed on the streets, in our homes, in our churches…we must express it because we seem to have a government that is not listening,” he said.

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Wanjigi attributed the increasing cost of living to the national debt, contending that approximately Ksh.70 out of every Ksh.100 collected in revenue is allocated to loan repayments.

He criticized the President William Ruto-led regime, emphasizing that it has become indifferent to the grievances of the citizens.

Consequently, he asserted that the only effective means for Kenyans to make their voices heard is to resume protests.

“It is not going to be an easy year, that is a reality. About a year ago, our national debt was Ksh.8.6 trillion, now it is Ksh.11 trillion even after paying Ksh.2 trillion to that debt. That is the biggest threat to our lives and continues to be. The President was very clear that he is taking Ksh.7 out of every Ksh.10…Ksh.70 out of every Ksh.100 of our tax revenue, and he has to keep increasing tax because of it,” he stated.

“Kenya Kwanza is taking us to a route of bankruptcy. That pain will be felt in 2024. I urge my fellow Kenyans to understand that nothing short of a revolution is going to take us out of this, nothing!”

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Wanjigi’s comments follow the opposition leader’s recent suggestion on Monday about a potential revival of widespread protests to pressure the government into revisiting its contentious policies.

The opposition leader pledged to take action to bring an end to the elevated taxation system experienced in the country over the past year, expressing a determination to see a change in this regard by 2024.

“Tunataka kuona mwaka huu 2024 ikiwa mzuri kuliko ile ya 2023. Tunataka ushuru ishuke na gharama ya maisha irudi chini,” said Mr. Odinga.

“Zakayo awache kutoza watu ushuru…Zakayo ashuke…akuje hapa chini pamoja na sisi.”

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‘Kenya Kwanza Leading Us To Bankruptcy,’ Wanjigi Declares As He Backs Raila On Return Of Demos



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