Nairobi News


Transport crisis: Fewer vehicles on the road as Gen Z’s anti-finance bill protest intensifies

The main roads leading into Nairobi’s CBD saw fewer motorists on Tuesday morning due to protests against the Finance Bill.

Usually, heavy traffic is reported in the morning hours on major roads in the city, including Uhuru Highway, Ngong Road section, University Way, Thika Road and Jogoo Road.

The traffic situation is indicative of the panic that has gripped residents and traders in Nairobi, despite government assurances that businesses will be protected.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Professor Kithure Kindiki said in his address on Monday that security would be in place to protect protesters as well as other people going about their daily routines.

The situation in the city suggests that the government has deployed heavy security, as anti-riot police can be seen in various corners of the CBD.

Most shops are closed as the sound of tear gas canisters fills the air as early as 8.30am.

The demonstrations against the Finance Bill are now in their second week, ahead of the bill’s expected third reading in Parliament this week.

Demonstrations are also expected in several towns across the country, including Uasin Gishu, the home town of President William Ruto.

This is expected to intensify following support from the Church over the weekend, where several leaders urged the President to listen to the voice of the protesting youth.

President Ruto’s acknowledgement of the protests has not eased the situation, with the youth calling for a total shutdown of the country until the government withdraws the controversial bill.

All eyes are now on President Ruto and his team to see if he will listen to the passionate protesters or continue to push the bill through.

Last week, two people lost their lives in the protests, prompting criticism of the government and police over their handling of the situation.