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On Tuesday, 18 June 2024, Kenya witnessed a significant uprising as citizens led by the youth now identified as Generation Z (Gen Z), united to protest the Finance Bill 2024. The protesters, driven by a shared hope to suspend the contentious bill, conducted a peaceful demonstration. However, the situation escalated when police officers responded with force, deploying tear gas, and water cannons, and handcuffing several individuals who clashed with them.

The protest was initiated and propelled by Gen Z on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), highlighting the boldness and confidence of Kenya’s youth. The large turnout demonstrated their commitment to standing up for what they believe is right. The actions and determination of these young protesters garnered attention from prominent figures such as Ledama Olekina, senator for Narok County, drawing widespread support from netizens across various social media platforms.

Generation Z, often recognized for their witty and unconventional behavior, proved that they are a generation that knows what it wants and is willing to fight for it. The protest against the Finance Bill 2024, showcased their organizational skills, and ability to mobilize and advocate for change effectively.

The Finance Bill 2024 has been a point of contention due to its potential economic impact on the average Kenyan. Critics argue it would disproportionately affect the lower and middle classes, exacerbating economic inequality. The demonstration led by Gen Z reflects broader concerns about economic justice and the future of the country’s financial policies.

Kenya’s youth have become a formidable force in the socio-political landscape. Their engagement in civic matters and willingness to challenge the status quo indicate a shift towards a more active and informed citizenry. The events of 18 June 2024, serve as a testament to the power of collective action and the critical role that young people play in shaping the nation’s future.

As the dust settles from the protest, the message from Gen Z is clear. They are not just a cohort of passive observers but active participants in the democratic process, ready to hold leaders accountable and demand policies that ensure a fair and prosperous future for all Kenyans.