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“We will fight in the streets of Nairobi for our brothers and sisters in Haiti”

Despite the prohibition by Kenya’s High Court, President William Ruto has vowed to deploy policemen within this week to Haiti. Communist Party of Kenya leader Booker Omole says Ruto is selling the country’s foreign policy to the highest bidder, namely the US

President Ruto’s healthcare reform stands trial in Kenya

Right-to-health organizations in Kenya continue to oppose a set of healthcare reforms that is being pushed through legislation without consultations with the public

Kenyan High Court blocks parliamentary authorization of police mission to Haiti

The high court in Nairobi will issue a ruling on a legal challenge to the deployment of 1,000 Kenyan police forces to Haiti as part of a “multinational force.” The US and UN-backed mission has been condemned as yet another attempt to undermine the sovereignty of the Haitian people. 

King Charles’ visit to Kenya brought to the fore calls for justice for UK’s colonial and ongoing crimes

The British monarch expressed “deepest regret” for “abhorrent and unjustified acts of violence committed against Kenyans,” but stopped short of an official apology. People’s movements have called for reparations and accountability for crimes during the colonial era but also steps to address their impact which continue to this day

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Haiti and Kenya establish diplomatic ties as UNSC mulls deployment of controversial “security support mission”  

Kenya has stated that it will lead a potential security intervention in Haiti backed by the US and the UN. The move has been condemned by progressive forces as yet another attack on the sovereignty of Haiti in service of imperialist interests while plunging the country further into insecurity 

Haitians reject Kenya’s plan for armed intervention

A Kenyan assessment mission recently went to Haiti to examine the possibility of deploying a 1000-strong multinational police force, purportedly to improve security and stem gang violence. Haitian people’s movements and rights organizations rejected and condemned the proposal, saying it will escalate the issues it seeks to solve

Death toll mounts in Kenya as police intensify crackdown on protests against US-IMF backed tax regime
Death toll mounts in Kenya as police intensify crackdown on protests against US-IMF backed tax regime

After police killed six protesters and arrested more than 300 on July 19, Kenya’s left and human rights group warned of a resurgent police state. Kenyans have been protesting President William Ruto’s Finance Act that increases taxes on essential goods

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While Kenyans are protesting on the streets, US and IMF cheer President William Ruto’s ‘reforms’

Kenya’s Finance Act 2023, which has provoked country-wide protests by aggravating the cost of living crisis through taxes on basic commodities and incomes, is welcomed by the US because it will “give Americans safety on investing in the country”

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Understanding mass protests and violent repression in Kenya: William Ruto’s tax hikes

At least 12 people have been killed and hundreds arrested in mass protests that have been rocking Kenya for over a week. A root cause of the anger is the doubling of taxes on fuel that will have a disastrous impact on the people who are already facing a cost of living crisis

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Kenya’s ‘anti-people’ Finance Bill met with widespread opposition as cost of living soars 

Amid rising debt payments the Kenyan government has proposed new tax and levy regimes in the Finance Bill 2023. Unions and left forces, especially the Communist Party of Kenya, have argued that the measures will further burden workers while they are already struggling under an economic crisis 

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Between elite infighting and state violence, Kenyan masses forge their own struggle 

Thousands of people took to the streets in Nairobi again this week to protest the government of President William Ruto. The protests have been called for by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has tapped into public anger against rising costs of living

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Doctors in Kenya get ready to strike after six years of broken promises

Doctors in Kenya prepare for possible industrial action as the 2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement remains unfulfilled despite multiple court warnings to the government