Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s call for Kenyans to boycott paying taxes in a new strategy dubbed ‘defiance and civil disobedience’ has been met with criticism from the government.
The former Prime Minister, on Tuesday, June 28th, outlined a number of plans that he said will culminate in countrywide mass protests as part of the opposition’s bid to have the recent tax laws repealed.
Ruto’s lieutenants have responded swiftly, rubbishing the new strategy as hogwash and warning that the opposition was increasingly getting reckless.
Raila also urged Kenyans to carpool, cut down on non-essential travel, and walk to work and urged matatus to break the law and carry the double capacity to reduce fuel consumption, thus, denying Ruto’s government to collect tax.
Endebess MP Robert Pukose said Raila is resorting to “childish and retrogressive” politics insensitive to the government and Kenyans’ needs.
Nyali MP Mohamed Ali claimed that the opposition is out to worsen the already battered economy.
Raila has also urged the online community – Kenyans on Twitter, content creators and Tiktokers – in the country and the diaspora to go against the regime.
Raila’s call for disobedience is the latest strategy in his unrelenting pushback against the regime that he has already declared illegitimate.
The reactions to Raila’s call have been mixed. Some Kenyans have expressed support for the boycott, while others have criticized it as being unrealistic or counterproductive.
Those who support the boycott argue that it is the only way to force the government to repeal the new tax laws. They say that the taxes are too high and will hurt the economy.
Those who criticize the boycott argue that it will only hurt ordinary Kenyans. They say that the government will not be forced to repeal the laws and that the boycott will only make things worse for everyone.
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