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Faith  Nyasuguta 

Angry Kenyan citizens have issued an ultimatum to President William Ruto, demanding his immediate resignation amid widespread discontent over the nation’s deteriorating conditions. The public has given the president 48 hours to step down, emphasizing the need for a new government committed to “transparency, accountability, and good governance.” 

This ultimatum marks a significant escalation in the ongoing protests that have rocked the country in recent weeks.

A viral Twitter statement that has gathered thousands of engagements reads: “We no longer recognize William Ruto as the President of Kenya. We recall his presidency and urge him to immediately resign and surrender his office to the Kenyan people.” This statement reflects the growing frustration among citizens who feel their voices are not being heard by the current administration.

Despite President Ruto retracting the controversial finance bill poised to increase taxes, public outrage persists. The bill’s withdrawal has not quelled the anger, as many Kenyans have taken to social media to express their discontent. 

Ruto emphasized that withdrawing the bill would create a significant funding gap for development programs aimed at helping farmers and teachers. He argued that the tax increases were necessary to service Kenya’s debt of approximately 10 trillion shillings ($78 billion), roughly 70 percent of GDP. However, critics argue that the financial burden should not fall on ordinary citizens who are already struggling to make ends meet.

William Ruto /Standard/

Under Ruto’s leadership, Kenyans have grappled with economic instability, rampant corruption, and governance challenges, leading to escalating living costs and high unemployment rates. Protesters have taken to the streets to demonstrate their profound dissatisfaction with the administration, which they describe as characterized by “incompetence, mismanagement, and a persistent failure to address the nation’s pressing needs.” These demonstrations have highlighted the deepening economic crisis and the urgent need for effective governance.

Recent demonstrations in Nairobi saw Kenyan police firing rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators. Soldiers were deployed, and police in anti-riot gear blocked access along roads leading to Ruto’s office at State House and parliament. The confrontations highlighted the growing tension between the government and the citizens. Witnesses reported chaotic scenes as security forces tried to disperse the crowds, leading to injuries and further inflaming public anger.

The situation has been further exacerbated by reports of police violence against protesters, which have drawn condemnation from human rights organizations. Amnesty International has called for restraint and urged the government to respect the rights of citizens to peaceful assembly. The organization has also highlighted the need for dialogue between the government and protest leaders to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Analysts warn that Ruto’s administration faces a tough choice in the coming weeks. The continued unrest signals deep-seated issues that go beyond the finance bill, reflecting broader frustrations with the state of governance and the economy in Kenya. 

There is growing concern that if the government fails to address the protesters’ demands, the situation could spiral into a larger crisis, further destabilizing the country.

In addition to the economic grievances, many Kenyans are calling for reforms to address corruption and improve transparency in government operations. The recent protests have also brought attention to the need for better public services, including healthcare and education, which have been neglected amid the political turmoil. The government’s response to these demands will be crucial in determining the future trajectory of the country’s political landscape.

The United Nations and the African Union have both expressed concern over the situation and have called for peaceful resolution of the conflicts. The outcome of these efforts will play a significant role in shaping the future of Kenya and its efforts to achieve stability and prosperity for its citizens.

William Ruto /PSU/

The next few days will be critical for President Ruto and his administration as they decide how to respond to the mounting pressure. Whether through concessions, dialogue, or other measures, the government’s actions will have far-reaching implications for the country’s political stability and the well-being of its people.


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