Nationwide Protest on Friday

Nationwide Protest on Friday

Nationwide Protest on Friday

On Thursday, a coalition of student leaders declared that they will stage  nationwide protests against the exorbitant cost of living at every university. Following a meeting with leaders of Azimio, including Raila Odinga, the leader of  the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, the student leaders declared  that they will carry out the Friday protests as scheduled.

They also urged the lawmakers to join the protests, noting that the opposition had  retreated from their role as leaders. At the round table in Nairobi, a delegation of student leaders said, “We are inviting  you to come and demonstrate with us on Friday.”

The student leaders publicly criticized the current university finance arrangement  and announced their plan to hold rallies against it. Under the plan released by Education Secretary Ezekiel Machogu two months  after President William Ruto made the announcement in May 2023, the  government unveiled the Higher Education Financing (HEF) Portal, which will  give money directly to students.

Students at universities asked that the government keep the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) and demanded that the model be reviewed. Delays in school security and capitation were also mentioned. One of the opposition figures who backed the plans for Friday’s demonstrations was Babu Owino, the Member of Parliament for Embakasi East. Babu Owino claimed that a large number of students had not yet enrolled in universities as a result of difficulties with the new funding scheme, which he described as unfair and unjust.

“Members of the government do not bear the cross of student leaders,” the Embakasi East MP said. “All universities should hold simultaneous protests right outside their gates. After  a month, you should repeat the same.” You’ll obtain the outcomes you require,” he continued.

In addition to discussing the cost of living, former prime minister Raila Odinga  charged that the administration was disregarding his advise. “You are in the hole, as we have told these people multiple times.” Don’t dig any more. Because higher taxes don’t provide a solution, as you witnessed, the members of  parliament fiercely opposed the tax plan, said Raila.

He went on, “We will address the issues that fall within our purview,” but he  did not address the scheduled protests. Whether the student leaders had secured police permission to conduct the  protests was still up in the air.

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