CONCERN

Kenyans on X warn activists not to commercialise Finance Bill protest

It is alleged that the activist has received Sh5 million from influential people in the Civil society circle

In Summary

•However, several planners of the protest have refuted the claims, calling on Kenyans to unite and demonise the high tax regime.

•The sentiments are echoed my 15 more people who replied on the post that has since been retweeted by 44 followers.

Members of the civil society demonstrate outside parliament over the finance bill on June 6, 2024.
Members of the civil society demonstrate outside parliament over the finance bill on June 6, 2024.
Image: EZEKIEL AMINGÁ

A popular human rights activist linked with the planned protests against the Finance Bill, 2024 on Tuesday is a cornered man after being accused by a section of Kenyans on X of hijacking the initiative for selfish gains.

It is alleged that the activist has received Sh5 million from influential people in the Civil society circle who are still aggrieved by the loss of their preferred candidate in the last general election. These allegations are not being received well by Kenyans within informal settlements too who, through their leadership usually get Sh200 to attend protests.

These allegations also caused a debate on X about paid activism and its role in downplaying citizen action in governance even as the organisers held a well funded meeting this Sunday at 3pm in his posh office in Kilimani.

"We are notified of a persons planning to enrich themselves by pretending to mobilise poor slum dwellers to protest tomorrow. This is a noble cause that is supported across the social divide. Let us flush out parasites," EyePointKE posted on X.

The sentiments are echoed my 15 more people who replied on the post that has since been retweeted by 44 followers.

Another user @Kimunzi_ wants an honest protest, asking activists from hijacking a genuine movement.

"We are aware of some guys receiving Sh5 million to mobilize. Why pay people to express their genuine feelings? Let us not allow greedy people to disturbise the government for few coins."

A popular woman activist for neighbourhood issues in Nairobi has also been put on spot by social media users for allegedly obtaining Sh2.8 million to mobilise more people to join tomorrow's protests.

However, several planners of the protest have refuted the claims, calling on Kenyans to unite and demonise the high tax regime.

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