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Muwada Nkunyingi calls upon the Kenyan government to investigate the burning of Uganda House in Kenya during the Protests

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Uganda’s  shadow minister for foreign affairs Muwada Nkunyinygi.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
Uganda’s  shadow minister for foreign affairs Muwada Nkunyinygi.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
By Godfrey Kiyingi/KMA Updates
has challenged the release by the ministry of foreign affairs alleging that the Uganda house in Kenya was set on fire by the protesting Kenyans.
Addressing journalists at parliament, Nkunyingi who is also MP for Kyadondo East tasked the ministry to justify how they concluded that Uganda House was burnt by Kenyans.
He says the act by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of accusing Kenyans before conclusive investigations on the cause of fire, may put Ugandans residing in Kenya at risk of being attacked by hungry Kenyans.
It’s from this that Muwada called for thorough investigations into the cause of the fire by the Kenyan government before the matters  worsen.
Meanwhile Muwada has also demanded for an explanation from Uganda Police in response to the purported Uganda Police vihecle that was seen in Kenya.
Kenyan President William Ruto said Wednesday that he will not sign a controversial finance bill, backing down in the face of mass protests that swept the country and reportedly left at least 23 people dead.

In an address to the nation, he said it was clear that Kenyans “want nothing” to do with the bill.

“I concede,” he said, adding that he would not sign the bill into law.

At least 22 people were killed in Tuesday’s protests, according to the state-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHRC).

Mr Ruto said he would now enter into dialogue with the young people, who were at the forefront of the biggest protests to hit the country since he was elected in 2022.

The bill was passed by parliament on Tuesday, despite nationwide demonstrations against it.

Protesters broke into parliament, vandalising the interior and setting parts of the complex on fire. The ceremonial mace, symbolising the authority of the legislature, was stolen.

Mr Ruto initially responded with defiance.

He ordered the military to be deployed, saying “violence and anarchy” would not be tolerated.

But he climbed down on Wednesday, following an extraordinary demonstration of people power.

“Ruto bows to Gen Z pressure, withdraws Finance Bill,” read the headline on Kenya’s Citizen TV.

 

In his second address to the nation in less than 24 hours, Mr Ruto laid out a very clear rationale for why he thought the tax increases were necessary.

The proposed legislation was part of efforts to cut the country’s massive debt burden of more than $80bn (£63bn), which costs the country more than half of its annual tax revenues to service.

Mr Ruto added that his government had made progress and was on course to “assert sovereignty” by repaying its debts.

He said the provisions would have benefitted farmers, students and teachers, but he admitted the people were not behind him.

“I also lead people,” he said, “and the people have spoken.”

It is unclear clear how his climbdown will affect plans to resume the protests, which have largely been organised via social media, on Thursday.

EPA Armed members of the Kenyan security forces fire teargas at demonstrators during a protest near the Parliament against tax hikes, in Nairobi, Kenya, 25 June 2024

The police have been accused of over-reacting to the protests.EPA Photo.

Chatter on social media suggested that it would still go ahead.

The stated purpose of the demonstrations was to force the president not to sign the bill.

But the protesters have begun demanding that he step down, with the slogan “Ruto must go.”

Mr Ruto rose to the presidency after defeating his main rival Raila Odinga by a narrow margin in the 2022 election.

He got 50.5% of the vote, to Mr Odinga’s 48.8%.

Mr Ruto won after portraying himself as a “hustler” who was challenging an attempt by two dynasties – the Odingas and Kenyattas – to hang on to power.

He promised a “bottom-up” approach to the economy to tackle the high unemployment rate among young people, and to improve the lives of those less well off according to BBC,

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