What’s behind the protests spreading in Kenya? | Politics

Kenyan youth responded to the government’s proposal with angry demonstrations and police cracked down heavily.

Massive protests erupted in Kenya this week against proposed new taxes, with police criticised for using excessive force to quell the protests.

Many of those on the streets were young people mobilized through social media.

Why is the government pushing ahead with the new tax, and why is there such fierce opposition?


Elizabeth Planam


Stella Agara – Tax Justice Activist and African Governance and Security Analyst

Reginald Kazutu – Financial Economist at Oxford Brookes University

Nikodemus Minde – Researcher in the East Africa Peace, Security and Governance Program at the Institute for Security Studies

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