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Kalonzo lauds Generation Z’s stance on Finance Bill

Kalonzo Musyoka: Every hour, my admiration and appreciation for Kenya's Generation Z grows by leaps and bounds.

Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has commended Generation Z for their resolute stance on Finance Bill 2024.

In a statement issued Thursday, Kalonzo praised young Kenyans from various regions in the country for expressing their reservations against the financial bill.

“From Eldoret to Nairobi, Garissa to Nyeri, Kisumu to Nanyuki, and from the State House gates in Nakuru to Nairobi, as well as many other parts of the country, you have been conscientious protestors against the Finance Bill 2024,” said Kalonzo.

However, the Wiper leader condemned police officers for using excessive force on peaceful and unarmed protestors.

“It is unfortunate that our security officers, who should be safeguarding you, are engaging in acts of intimidation and, when that failed spectacularly, resorted to the use of brutal force against you for peacefully exercising your constitutional rights to picket and demonstrate,” he said.

While expressing disappointment with the 204 MPs who voted for the bill, Kalonzo applauded the 115 opposition lawmakers who voted against it.

“I have repeatedly termed this bill unreasonable, unsound, and uncorrectable. It is a grave betrayal of Kenyans, and I applaud the 115 MPs who paid attention and voted ‘No’ on its Second Reading,” he stated.

Protests against the Finance Bill 2024 took place on Thursday in various parts of the country.

In Nairobi, police lobbed teargas to disperse protestors in the Central Business District.

Similar protests were held in Mombasa, Eldoret, Machakos, Embu, Narok, Nyahururu, Kakamega, Kisii, Nanyuki, Lodwar, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Kericho, and Meru.