President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza administration on Wednesday, November 8, increased costs for key services under the Immigration Department.
For instance, in a gazette notice, President William Ruto increased the cost of ID replacements to KSh 2000 down from KSh 100.
The revised charges also extend to birth and death certificates where the cost of a birth certificate increased to KSh 200 from KSh 50, and the fee for a death certificate is now KSh 200, up from KSh 50, meaning Kenyans will now have to dig deeper into their pockets.
The increase comes at a time when Kenyans were grappling with the high cost of living occasioned by a sharp increase in the cost of fuel.
As such, Kenyans took to X social media (formerly) pleading with opposition leader Raila Odinga to intervene through his anti-government protests.
“Si uambie baba yako aweke maandamano (Tell your father to organize protests)” one of the Kenyans told Winnie Odinga.
However, Raila’s daughter fired back telling the tweep to leave her dad alone.
Winnie Odinga said it was ironic that those who were celebrating Raila’s defeat in the 2022 General Election were now pleading for his help.
She said her dad was in Bondo relaxing and asked those who were calling for protests to do so in his absence.
“Si ulimtuma Bondo? Achana na Babangu,” Winnie wrore.
Loosely translated to: “Didn’t you send him to Bondo? Leave my father alone”.
Since the National Dialogue began, the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition lead has been silent, a move that the majority of Kenyans believe has given President William Ruto a loophole to introduce punitive taxes to Kenyans.
While suspending anti-government protests, Raila said he was waiting for the outcome of the Kimani Ichungwah-Kalonzo Musyoka talks adding that he will call the protests if the talks do not yield results.