Kenyans on Facebook Plot Protests in Nairobi

Protestors during a protest in Nairobi in 2018.
  • A section of human rights defenders is plotting to hold protests in Nairobi on Friday, August 21 demanding for those implicated in the theft of Covid-19 funds to be arrested.

    Speaking to, communications consultant Wanjeri Nderu explained that the protests had been organised by the Kenya Tuitakayo Movement (KTM) in partnership with Facebook group Buyer Be-ware team.

    “We hear about people who are benefitting from stealing funds but no action is taken so we are demanding for those implicated in the Covid-19 funds and donations theft to be arrested and prosecuted.

    “There should not be any exemptions when it comes to holding the looters to account, no matter how connected they are, they should be arrested,” she explained.

    Protestors during a protest in Nairobi in 2018.

    The peaceful demonstration will start at 8 am from Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner to Judiciary to Parliament to the Office of the president.

    Nderu also revealed that they were expecting to get some resistance as they had notified the police about the planned protest but the Officer Commanding Station (OCS) rejected their letter.

    “We are ready for teargas and arrests but we must raise the issues on the theft of our public resources,” she stated.

    Going by previous protests that were mobilised mainly on online patforms, they were expecting up to 1,000 participants with people from different counties, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu, Baringo and Nakuru participating.

    Kenya Tuitakayo Movement (KTM) which is a movement of Kenyans advocating for responsible leadership and fidelity to constitutional implementation.

    Earlier in the week, an investigative report by NTV journalist Dennis Okari uncovered a mega-graft scandal regarding use of billions allocated for Covid-19.

    The funds include loans and grants from institutions including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support Kenya’s efforts to combat the virus.

    The report further revealed how a large consignment of donations including masks and ventilators from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma went missing once it arrived in the country.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressed the damning report and termed it as a work of fiction.

    “I don’t know who is supposed to have sent instructions to KEMSA, I can assure you for a fact that it is not the person you are looking at. It would be interesting to know and these are the things I’m talking about, theories and innuendos that are just fiction,” he stated.

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe Speaking in Parliament on August 17, 2020.
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe Speaking in Parliament on August 17, 2020.

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