Larry Madowo back to cover Finance Bill protests, for a day

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CNN correspondent Larry Madowo. [Facebook]

This week #RevolutionKe and #REJECTFINANCEBILL2024 have been trending as Kenyans united against the proposed Finance Bill that would increase taxes.

Unlike yesteryears when opposition bigwigs would lead such protests, this time, the youth, mostly Gen Z, have taken up the mantle and are relentless in their pursuit of justice and equity.

Former KTN and NTV journalist Larry Madowo, is back in town, for just a day, to cover the protests that have now gained international recognition.

Through his X account, the CNN correspondent said he would cover the protests, although he distanced himself from an earlier statement that had been attributed to him.

“Flying back to Nairobi - for 1 day only - to cover tomorrow’s protests,” he wrote.

An erroneous post that had been attributed to Larry Madowo.

The protests, which started on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, caught many by surprise as there was no throwing of stones or destruction of property.

In their droves, the youth took to the streets peacefully, urging legislators to reject the Finance Bill as it would burden Kenyans who are already weighed down by the current state of the economy.

Online, content creators and influencers also threw their weight behind the demos and those who didn’t were called out.

Azimio leader Raila Odinga, who has often been the face of protests, praised Gen Z for exercising their democratic right, saying he was a proud father.

This is after one lady tagged him on a post urging him to sit back and relax as he would be ‘fully represented’.

"Agwambo (Raila), this is a message don't come, please stay at home. We saw your efforts and what you have done to Kenya, now let us fight for our rights. We miss you but don't come outside, we shall represent you," she wrote.

Raila responded by saying, “I’m a very proud father today! Hongera sana to the young lady and all those who bravely stood up for their rights!"

Azimio leader Raila Odinga.

The ‘Occupy Parliament’ protests took place as the Bill was being tabled in the House and they are set to continue in several parts of the country.

As of Thursday morning, police had cordoned off some roads in the Nairobi CBD as they prepared to take on the protesters.

Earlier this week, Embakasi East MP Babu visited Chief Inspector David Maina, the police officer who lost his forearms when a teargas canister exploded in his hands.

The legislator urged police not to be used as everyone would feel the pinch if the bill is passed.

“To our police brothers and sisters, these young people are fighting for you as well; do not accept to be used to stifle freedom in our beloved Kenya. This country belongs to all of us and we have no other so we must get it right,” said Babu.

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