On Thursday, July 7, hundreds of Kenyans flocked to the streets of Nairobi and marched to the President’s office to protest the high cost of living in the East African country.
According to the outraged citizens, the price of basic goods like cooking oil, maize flour, wheat flour, and sugar has more than doubled in recent weeks, placing pressure on families struggling to make ends meet.
Protesters even threatened that the country’s elections would be canceled if there was no food for them to eat.
According to Business Capital, some protestors who spoke to the media blamed officials for neglecting to address the issue, leaving them with no choice except to fight for themselves.
“Our elected officials have failed us, and Kenyans are suffering greatly, which is why we are here to demand lower prices for basic items,” one of the demonstrators said.
Another protestor stated that the administration should not blame the high cost of living on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, noting that the conflict has only exacerbated the problem.
“Food costs were high even before the Ukraine issue came up; we’re in this scenario because of too much borrowing, and the money is going into the wallets of a few,” he explained.
With only 32 days till the elections, Kenyans protested that the two front-runners in the presidential race, Raila Odinga and William Ruto, are only making promises.
“Raila is a friend of the President, so it’s only a phone call away; Ruto has been in government for ten years and he, too, is making promises; why can’t they help us now?” Another demonstrator was perplexed.
Cyrus Oguna, the Government Spokesperson, defended President Uhuru Kenyatta over the country’s high cost of living.
Oguna emphasized that the situation is not the President’s fault, blaming it on the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
“It is not fair to place all of the blame on one individual, and it is not the President.” “The war in Ukraine has made things difficult for nations all around the world,” he added, adding that Kenya’s predicament was not exceptional.