39 Injured, 8 Critically, in Anti-Finance Bill Protests - Kenya Red Cross

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The Kenya Red Cross has issued updates on the number of fatalities recorded in demonstrations against the Finance Bill 2024. 

The humanitarian body recorded a total of 39 persons injured. Of these people injured, 8 are in critical condition and 31 are nursing minor injuries, however, there were no fatalities reported.

Reports published after their update however confirmed the death of a 29-year-old protestor who succumbed to injuries on his leg. 

Those in critical condition have been evacuated to Kenyatta National Hospital for further treatment. 

Several injuries were reported to have occurred during the demonstrations, most of them involving young people.

Former Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome addressing the press on December 20, 2023
Former Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome addressing the press on December 20, 2023

"Update: 39 injured, with 8 in critical condition and 31 with minor injuries. Those in critical condition are in Kenyatta National Hospital. Thanks to a multi-agency rescue team." read part of the updates.

In a summary statement, the humanitarian body had already attended to 14 minor injuries during demonstrations in the Central Business District.

The Anti-Finance Bill demonstrations according to Red Cross, also left one person in a very critical condition. The person is nursing serious injuries and is undergoing medications at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

The Kenya Red Cross has committed to remain active and work closely with the strong support of well-wishers.

The aftermath of the Finance Bill demonstrations comes after several youths stormed various parts of the country pushing their area MPs to vote down the punitive controversial Finance Bill.

The demonstrations in different parts of the country included Nairobi where protesters threatened to storm the National Assembly building to warn MPs against passing the bill.

The Inspector General of police Japhet Koome issued a statement warning citizens against unauthorized access to the National Assembly.

The IG went ahead and directed the police to protect the parliamentarians from the wrath of demonstrators.

During the demonstrations on Thursday, June 20, police officers engaged in running battles with protesters in Nairobi and pelted tear gas canisters at them.

The protesters, who came out in large numbers, held up placards protesting the tax measures proposed by the government through the bill.

Finance Bill demonstrations in Kenya on June, 20, 2024.
Finance Bill demonstrations in Kenya on June 20, 2024.





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