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Despite the ongoing rains in Mombasa, hundreds of protesters converged in the streets to demonstrate against the Finance Bill 2024. The protests come amid a widespread mobilization through social media networks, urging Mombasa residents to turn out in large numbers.

The police have already been deployed in the streets of Mombasa to monitor the situation. The famous Mapembeni area, which was supposed to be the central meeting point, has been cordoned off by the police, indicating the authorities’ efforts to maintain order.

A video seen on Wednesday showed residents singing and chanting in the Mombasa Central Business District (CBD). The protesters were heard singing the song “Utawala” by hip-hop artist Juliani, expressing their dissatisfaction with the government’s policies

The protests went on amid the rain, with a strong police presence. The residents were also seen carrying placards, further emphasizing their stance against the Finance Bill 2024.

The lyrics of the song “Utawala” reflect the protesters’ concerns, saying, “I will not stand for the evils of governance, corruption, selfishness, and tribalism. They don’t want to sell policies, but brotherhood is to prosper, I will not stand for the evils of governance.”

The anti-Finance Bill protests in Mombasa were scheduled for June 19 (today). Similar demonstrations are also planned for June 20 in Kisumu and Laikipia, among other places, indicating the widespread discontent with the proposed legislation.

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