Are Kenya’s Gen Z’s Forming A Political Party?

June 24, 2024 - 0 Comments

The controversial finance bill has caused significant unrest within the government of Kenya. The bill, which proposes excessive taxation on Kenyans, has been met with mass rejection from citizens, with a large percentage of dissent coming from Generation Z.

Over the last two weeks, Gen Z from different cities around the country have protested against the bill, stating there is no need to amend it but rather to reject it outright. Celebrities who did not side with the anti-finance bill protest were met with “salimia yeye,” where Kenyans online threatened to boycott their product advertisements and unfollow them on social media.

Gen Z  has recently formed a political party, aiming to revolutionize the political landscape of the country, with their goal being to gain full support from fellow Gen Z and millennials. However, their decision was met with backlash from several Kenyans online, who argued that they are deviating from the main objective, citing  that there is no particular leader as the protest is led by the common Mwananchi. Political giants, such as former Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga, took to social media to commend Gen Z on their heroic step toward challenging the government of Kenya and putting it in the spotlight.

Even though the anti-finance bill movement appears strong and resilient, with a mega protest estimated to involve around one million people scheduled for Tuesday, June 2024, the question remains: Will Gen Z be able to maintain the same resilience in politics in the coming years?



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