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Live blog: Fresh wave of protests as Finance Bill enters final phase

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The country is bracing itself for another fresh round of protests as the anti-Finance Bill demonstrations continue to gain momentum.

The country is bracing itself for another fresh round of protests as the anti-Finance Bill demonstrations continue to gain momentum.

The Eastleigh Voice will provide real-time updates of key events during the protests which are expected to continue as the Finance Bill, 2024 enters the critical Committee of the Whole House Stage where amendments are expected on a clause-by-clause basis. 

5.02 pm: MPs fail to resume debate on the Appropriations Bill after protesters stormed the National Assembly, forcing Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, the clerk and MPs to spend the afternoon in the underground tunnel.

4.40 pm: Waiyaki Way near blocked near ABC place by people demanding cash from motorists. 

4.33 pm: Kenyans participating in the #RejectFinanceBill2024 protests cheer as they display the names of MPs who voted in support of the bill.

3.55 pm: The Kenyan military is sent to restore order as violence escalates, with the police force requesting assistance due to being overwhelmed. The army had initially refused to deploy.

3.39 pm: Anti-riot police officers arrest several protesters near the Supreme Court while others continue to fire shots to quell the chaos.

3.29 pm: Nairobi police boss Adamson Bungei is on sight as protesters continue their confrontation with the police, asking why people were shot during peaceful protests. Photographs and videos continue to emerge of the police firing more shots and protesters turning violent, using weapons such as stones to fight back. They changed "Why are you killing us" while seeking answers from the security agencies.

3.02 pm: The Eastleigh Voice reporters confirm that protesters have entered Parliament premises and that a police truck was burnt. A Reuters witness says the demonstrators chased the police away from Parliament.

2.53 pm: Photographs and videos emerge of protesters wounded or lying dead on the streets of Nairobi, with reports indicating that the police fired live bullets as confrontations escalated. Reports also indicate that several protesters have been shot by the police outside the Parliament buildings while attempting to breach the perimeter walls.

2.38 pm: Huge crowds of protesters reach Parliament, blowing whistles and chanting, shortly after the vote by the MPs.

2.26 pm: Members of parliament vote for the bill to sail through to the Third Reading, with 195 MPs voting in favour of the proposals rejected by the public as a tool to overburden citizens via higher taxation, and 106 opposing it. There were three spoilt votes.

Should the lawmakers pass the bill at the Third Reading, it will be sent to President William Ruto for assent into law.

2:00 pm - The number of protesters shot by police during the anti-Finance Bill protests in Isiolo rises to four. One of those who was shot was a Form Four student.

1:55 pm - The protests continue at the Supreme Court gate. Other protesters have taken cover inside the Holy Family Basilica as police lob teargas in attempt to disperse them.  People taking cover inside the church

1:50 pm - Protesters from Githurai and areas around Thika Road forcefully gain entry into the CBD. The battle between police and protesters continues on almost all roads leading towards Parliament.

1:45 pm - Hundreds of Garissa Township youth take part in the protests against the Finance Bill, 2024.

Hundreds of Garissa Township youth take part in the protests against the Finance Bill, 2024 on June 25, 2024. (Photo: Issa Hussein)

1:44 pm - Chief Justice Martha Koome issues a statement on the ongoing nationwide demos. The CJ called upon all state agencies within the justice sector to uphold their constitutional duties and ensure that their actions are compliant with both the Constitution and the law.

"I take this opportunity to assure the nation that the courts are prepared to operate beyond standard working hours if the abducted persons are presented before the court and also to consider any petitions for habeas corpus," the CJ said.

1:2o pm - Scenes outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi as police officers continue to battle protestors.

 

Scenes outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi as police officers continue to battle protestors. (Justine OndiekI)

Scenes outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi as police officers continue to battle protestors. (Photo: Justine Ondieki)

1:00 pm - At least two people have been shot in the anti-Finance Bill protests in Isiolo town. One of the victims was shot in the leg while the other was shot in the hand. Both are currently receiving treatment at local health facilities in the town.

Police officers have camped outside one of the hospitals in Isiolo town.

Isiolo residents take part in the anti-Finance Bill protests on June 25, 2024. (Photo: Waweru Wairimu)

12:50 pm - Scenes from the Nairobi CBD as anti-Finance Bill protests continue to gain momentum.

A plain-cloth police officer lobs a teargas cannister at protestors in the Nairobi CBD on June 25, 2024. (Photo: Hafsa Hassan)

12:43 pm: The National Assembly has approved all the amendments to the Finance Bill, 2024 in less than 2 hours, giving a go-ahead for the Whole House Committee report to be tabled for approval and final voting. The Bill was passed without opposition after Azimio MPs dropped their proposed amendments.

12:40 pm - Collins Olunga, a journalist with AFP shot in the CBD. He has been rushed to the Aga Khan Hospital.

12:35 pm - The Anti-Finance Bill protests underway in Marsabit County.

11: 55 am - Police face off with protesters along Moi Avenue in the Nairobi CBD.

Police face off with protesters along Moi Avenue in the Nairobi CBD. (Photo: Justine Ondieki)

11:54 am - More protests reported across the country in several towns of Kenol, Nyahururu, Kakamega, Kiambu, Kajiado, Bungoma, Machakos and Nyamira.

11:53 am - Scenes of confrontation between police and protesters ongoing in Wabera Street as more reinforcement of anti-riot police arrives to back up their overwhelmed colleagues who had run out of teargas canisters.

11:50 am - Protestors hold demos in Isiolo town. Protests held outside Woman Rep Mumina Bonaya's offices they castigated the lawmaker for voting yes for the Bill during last week's second reading.

Protestors hold demos in Isiolo town.  (Photo: Waweru Wairimu)

11:30 am - The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has condemned the abduction of social media personalities perceived as supporting protesters calling for the withdrawal of the Finance Bill, warning that it will pursue the criminals to the end.

"Extra-judicial killings, incidents of police abductions, torture and being kept incommunicado for several days, are back like never before! Reports that we have received indicate that about 50 young Kenyans have so far been abducted including my own personal assistant Ernest Nyerere who was picked up from his residence this morning at 5:00 am.

We are still looking for Shadrack Kiprono aka Shad Khalif, Osama Otero, Gabriel Oguda, John Frank Githiaka-Franje, Khalif Kairo, Drey Mwangi, Worldsmith, Hilla254 and many more who we are yet to identify," LSK President Faith Odhiambo said.

11:40 am -  Isiolo residents chant anti-Ruto and anti-Finance bill slogans as they join the nationwide protests to oppose the Finance Bill, 2024.

11:35 am - Protester reportedly shot by a police officer in Nairobi CBD.

11:30 am - Protesters break police barriers, and move to Kenyatta Avenue and Kimathi Street as police fire in the air to disperse them.

11:24 am - Safaricom issues statement on Data Privacy amid fears over sharing of users' information.

11:19 am: Long-distance Drivers and Conductors Association issues a travel advisory to its members calling for extra vigilance on Tuesday. They have urged those who can, to suspend operations for their own safety.

10:50 am - Garissa residents join the rest of the country for anti-Finance bill protests.

Garissa residents take to the streets as part of the anti-Finance Bill protests. (Photo: Abdimalik Hajir)

Garissa residents take to the streets as part of the anti-Finance Bill protests. (Photo: Abdimalik Hajir)

10:48 am - Security deployed outside Msambweni MP Feisal Bader's office as protests continue in Kwale. However, the MP was not at his office.

Heavy security deployed outside Msambweni MP Feisal Bader's office in Kwale County. (Photo: Mishi Gongo)

10:45 am - Kwale anti-Finance Bill protestors take to the streets as they camp outside Msambweni MP Feisal Bader's office in Diani. They want the MP to step down following his support for the Finance Bill, 2024.

Kwale anti-Finance Bill protestors take to the streets. (Photo: Mishi Gongo)

Kwale residents join anti-Finance Bill protests on June 25, 2024. (Photo: Mishi Gongo)

10:38 am - Mombasa residents protest against the Finance Bill at Mapembe za Ndovu.

10:31 am - Police have closed Jogoo Road for PSVs headed to Nairobi CBD. The officers are only allowing private motorists to use the road from the DC stage towards the CBD.

PSV engaging PSV drivers in cat-and-mouse games as they use alternative routes to deliver passengers to town.

Most passengers have alternatively resorted to walking to town.

10:20 am - Public service vehicles move away from Tom Mboya Street and Moi Avenue in the Nairobi CBD as protestors engage police in running battles.

Businesses remain closed as the situation remains tense.

10:17 am - Isiolo residents join anti-Finance Bill protests in Isiolo town.

Isiolo residents hold anti-Finance Bill protest in Isiolo town. (Photo: Waweru Wairimu)

10:12 am - The National Assembly Speaker directs the Majority Leader to get in touch with the IG and find out the whereabouts of Gabriel Oguda and report back to him within the next 1-2 hours.

10:00 am - Anti-Finance Bill protests reported in several towns across the country including Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyeri, Isiolo and Narok.

9:55 am - Anti-Finance Bill protests kick off in Mombasa County as protestors take to the streets in the Coastal City.

Anti-Finance Bill protestors in Mombasa County on June 25, 2024. (Photo: Farhiya Hussein)

Anti-Finance Bill protestors in Mombasa County on June 25, 2024. (Photo: Farhiya Hussein)

Anti-Finance Bill protestors in Mombasa County on June 25, 2024. (Photo: Farhiya Hussein)

9:50 am - National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung'wah said he will check with the IG of the police whether Oguda is in the hands of the police.

"If he has been arrested by the police we get to know why he has been arrested, if he's being charged, for what offences. That I can only confirm once we get in touch with the police," Ichung'wah said.

9:40 am - National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi rises on a point of order raising concern about the reported abductions of several individuals including the Policy Analyst at his office Gabriel Oguda.

"I was called by Gabriel Oguda at 2.00 am under distress saying that there were people, in fact, he called them cops, at his gate breaking into his compound. 10 minutes after Mr Oguda called me, my phone calls were jammed.  We have looked through all police stations in Nairobi and environs and he's nowhere to be seen up to now," Wandayi said.

9: 30 am - National Assembly reconvenes for the Tuesday morning session. The Finance Bill, 2024 enters the Committee of the Whole House Stage on Tuesday morning. In this stage, the House will go through the Bill on a clause-by-clause basis.

The Chairperson of the Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning Kuria Kimani and other Members who have proposed amendments will also introduce their amendments for consideration by the House.

9:20 am - Heavy police presence along key streets including Tom Mboya, Moi Avenue in the Nairobi CBD as protestors begin their demonstrations.

Heavy police presence along key streets including Tom Mboya and Moi Avenue in the Nairobi CBD on June 25, 2024. (Photo: Ahmed Shafat)

8:30 am - A security ring of armoured vehicles has been deployed around State House, Nairobi.

8:00 am - Several roads leading to the Parliament have been closed in anticipation of nationwide protests against the Finance Bill, 2024.

7: 17 am - The Law Society of Kenya has condemned the ongoing abductions of social media personalities perceived to be in support of the protests calling for the withdrawal of the 2024 finance bill.

6:00 am - A significant contingent of anti-riot police officers from various units has been deployed to the Nairobi CBD ahead of planned anti-Finance Bill protests.

5: 00 am - Reports emerge that several individuals have been allegedly abducted ahead of the anti-Finance Bill protests. They include Gabriel Oguda, Franje, Drey Mwangi and Osama Otero among others.

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