Ruto Offers Condolences, Pledges Support Amid Anti-Tax Demo Fallout

President William Ruto has expressed condolences and pledged full government support to families affected by the recent anti-Finance Bill 2024 demonstrations in Kenya. Speaking from State House, Nairobi, Ruto acknowledged the profound challenges faced by the nation in recent weeks, marked by tragic loss of life, injuries, and property damage.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. One life lost is one too many. To the parents, siblings, relatives, and friends of the deceased, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you. We also wish a swift recovery to the injured. The government of Kenya will support all those affected,” stated Ruto.

Acknowledging the pivotal role played by Kenya’s youth, particularly Generation Z, Ruto praised the shift in national discourse towards critical issues affecting all Kenyans, transcending tribal and political divisions.

“As a nation, we are finally having the right conversation—focused not on our tribes, personalities, or political affiliations, but on issues such as taxation, debt, the budget, corruption, the cost of living, unemployment, and opportunities for our youth,” he emphasized.

Ruto’s remarks come amidst mounting criticism of his administration’s handling of proposed tax policies, allegations of corruption within state institutions, and high unemployment rates among the youth. Recent social media backlash highlighted public discontent over perceived failures to deliver on promises and concerns regarding the use of excessive police force during the protests.

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