Comedian Eric Omondi plans mega protests over cost of living
Comedian Eric Omondi has vowed to stage a 14-day protest to push for a reduction in the high cost of living.
Omondi, who has been arrested and arraigned in court several times for leading similar day-long protests, made the announcement in a recent radio interview.
“I am very creative…beginning this Monday, I will demonstrate for 14 days straight, but I won’t disclose where I will be demonstrating from,” he said.
Omondi, who refers to himself as the “President of Comedy Africa,” said his fight is mainly driven by stories from fellow Kenyans who are struggling due to the high cost of living.
“I will fight for the Wanjikus. It is not easy because the messages I receive are getting crazier every day. I was once told that children had not eaten for three days. How is that even possible?” he posed.
The comedian also addressed rumors that he intends to run for political office in the future, stating that he understands the importance of changing the system from within.
“I have done a lot and achieved little. People have told me that sometimes if I need to see the change, I have to be on the inside so that I can be able to fight for Wanjiku, so it is something I am considering. But that is the way of the future,” he said.
Despite facing legal challenges in the past, Omondi remains undeterred and determined to fight for the rights of Kenyans. He said, “I’m a comedian; I don’t want to become a politician. I’m just fighting for the rights of the people, and I know I will achieve it.”
Omondi was arrested on Monday during a protest in which police fired teargas canisters to disperse a large crowd that had assembled within the Central Business District (CBD).
Omondi’s protest has garnered attention from Kenyans on social media, with a significant number expressing support for his cause.
The high cost of living has been a major concern for many Kenyans, with prices of basic commodities such as food and fuel continuing to rise despite efforts by the government to curb inflation.