Mountain View MCA Maurice Ochieng outlines Saba Saba protest plans
Mountain View Ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) Maurice Ochieng who is also the County Assembly Public Health Committee chairperson has declared his full support of the planned anti-government protests over the high cost of living.
The protestrs called by Azimio la Umoja coalition, are scheduled to take place on July 7, 2023.
In an exclusive interview with Nairobi News, Mr Ochieng confirmed he will lead his ward members in peaceful protests in a bid to put pressure on President William Ruto’s government to lower the cost of living.
“I will participate in the protest. I fully support it because this is the only way things will change in this country,” he declared.
He observed that the economic meltdown in the country had led to a majority of the people living from hand to mouth.
“People are straining. The cost of living is so high. This is why I support the Azimio protest rally,” he added.
His sentiment comes days after Azimio leader Raila Odinga promised to lead a major rally at the Kamukunji grounds on July 7, 2023.
“We are excited to announce our Kamukunji meeting in Nairobi will take place this Friday, but it’s not limited to just Nairobi. This Kamukunji will be held across the country, marking the launch of the Third Liberation,” Odinga stated on Jule 4, 2023.
Mr Odinga further highlighted the burden of increasing taxes on essential goods and fuel.
He emphasised that the consultative meetings are aimed at boycotting President William Ruto’s regime, its policies, and taxes.
Odinga expressed that the opposition coalition would lead the way for Kenyans in collecting signatures to reject the current administration
“Ruto is imposing taxes on us without our consent and enacting laws that only make our lives more difficult. We have come together because we can no longer tolerate the taxation situation and its associated injustices in our country,” he explained.
“On July 7, 2023, during various activities, we will launch a signature collection campaign to symbolise our rejection of Kenya Kwanza’s illegitimate regime and its policies, particularly the punitive taxes,” he added.
Odinga further stated, “Currently, the prices of fuel, food, and fare are continuously rising. In fact, the fare has already increased by 30 per cent.”