Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah has called on citizens to remain steadfast in their pursuit of justice.

In a statement shared on his X account on Saturday, June 29, 2024, Omtatah noted the importance of perseverance, determination, and courage in the ongoing struggle for fairness and truth.

“Never give up on the quest for justice. Perseverance, determination, and courage! Stand up for what is right, seek truth, and work towards a fair and just society. Keep fighting for justice, even when faced with challenges, as every effort towards justice makes a difference in creating a better world for all,” Omtatah stated.

Omtatah’s sentiments come amid anti-government protests that led many youths and concerned citizens to take to the streets in demonstration against the government’s Finance Bill 2024.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2024, President William Ruto declined to sign the contentious Finance Bill 2024 into law after it had been approved by the National Assembly.

President Ruto explained that the bill’s initial target for revenue collection, which was Ksh346 billion, had been significantly lowered to Ksh200 billion following public consultations.

“Consequently, having reflected on the continuing conversation around the content of the finance bill of 2024, I will decline to assent to the bill,” Ruto said.

His decision came after relentless street demonstrations by the citizens objecting to the clauses in the bill. The youths kickstarted their protests on June 18, 2024, calling on the government to do away with the entire bill rather than amend some of the clauses.

On Friday, June 29, 2024, he signed the Appropriation Bill 2024 after rejecting the Finance Bill 2024.

This Act, effective upon publication in the Gazette, outlines specific allocations for various public services and purposes specified in its first schedule.

Protesters expressed their distrust of Ruto, despite his move to return the finance bill to parliament and his promise to make budget cuts as an alternative to the proposed new taxes and fees on items such as egg imports and bank transfers.

Although on a smaller scale than Tuesday, June 25, 2024 protests, the chants were still the same ‘Ruto must go’.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2024, chaos erupted as protesters breached parliament and caused massive destruction and vandalism within Parliament buildings.

Several protesters were shot in the fierce clash by the anti-riot police. Inside Parliament, chairs in the lounge area were turned upside-down, windows shattered, and walls destroyed.

More demonstrations were witnessed across the country including Nakuru, Mombasa, Nyeri, Kisumu, Kakamega, and Meru, among other regions.

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