Kenya: Ruto says he won’t sign the finance bill that led to protests

Source: Associated Press

“Kenya’s president said Wednesday he won’t sign into law a finance bill proposing new taxes that prompted thousands of protesters to storm the parliament the previous day, leaving several people killed as police opened fire. It was the biggest assault on Kenya’s government in decades. The government wanted to raise funds to pay off debt, but Kenyans said the bill would have caused more economic pain as millions struggle to get by. Tuesday’s chaos led authorities to deploy the military, and Kenyan President William Ruto called protesters’ actions ‘treasonous.’ He now says the proposed bill caused ‘widespread dissatisfaction’ and that he has listened and ‘conceded.'” (06/26/24)