Four people tragically lost their lives during the anti-government protests in Kenya on Wednesday. The demonstrations, which saw widespread participation, resulted in violent clashes with the police, leading to fatalities.

Three individuals were fatally shot in Mlolongo, Machakos County. They were believed to have been involved in the vandalism of the Nairobi Expressway. The situation escalated, and law enforcement officers resorted to the use of live ammunition, resulting in the loss of lives.

Additionally, one person was shot in Emali, Makueni County, after protesters set fire to a police vehicle. The escalation of violence prompted the law enforcement authorities to employ live ammunition against the demonstrators.

The anti-government protests have gained momentum across various cities in Kenya, including Mombasa, Kisumu, Kisii, Machakos, Homa Bay, and Nairobi. As a result, roads and business centers have been completely shut down, causing significant disruptions to daily life.

Key leaders from the Azimio Party, such as Mohamed Faki, Mombasa Senator, and Zamzam Mohamed, Mombasa Women Representative, have played leading roles in organizing these demonstrations, mobilizing their supporters against the high cost of living.

Furthermore, in Kitengela, protesters broke into Kitengela’s Eastmart supermarket, causing significant property damage.

Raila Odinga, the leader of Azimio Party, has declared that the protests will persist until President Ruto addresses key demands, such as the repeal of the Finance Act 2023, aimed at reducing the cost of living.

President William Ruto expressed deep condolences and concern over the loss of life during the protests. He emphasized the importance of restoring peace and order in the country, pledging to prevent further casualties during demonstrations.

“No child was born to throw stones and attend demonstrations everyday. They had the protests on Friday and six died. Please stop this,” President Ruto said.

President Ruto urged Azimio to allow the government sufficient time to implement its development agenda, which aims to address the concerns of the Kenyan population and improve their quality of life.

“Give the youth and the people of Kenya a break. We have plans and we will implement them. I know you people and your plans will fail soon,” the President added.

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has highlighted the severe economic impact of the ongoing protests, estimating daily losses of approximately 3 billion shillings. They have issued a warning about the detrimental consequences these protests will have on Kenya’s economy

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