A section of Jua Kali artisans and slum-dwellers on Thursday took to the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) demanding the implementation of the Housing Levy.
While staging their protest, the artisans and other stakeholders set to benefit from President William Ruto’s action plan argued that if the project fails to take off, their livelihoods would be affected in a major way.
Meanwhile, a section of Nairobi residents drawn from informal settlements argued that if the project is successful and the government delivers the affordable houses on time, their standard of living will become better, which they pointed out as one of the main reasons for staging the protest.
The group was allegedly heading to present a petition in Parliament for the implementation of the levy.
A person holding a placard during a protest on December 28, 2023
Videos shared online showed the crowd holding placards and banners urging the government to ensure the levy is implemented for the benefit of all Kenyans.
“Housing Levy is the cure for better housing,” one of the placards read, “Do not take away our livelihood. Tujenge nyumba tuimarishe uchumi wetu (Let’s build houses and grow our economy),” read another.
Various other players driving vehicles actively engaged in the protests, rallying participants to join the cause. Roadshow trucks, equipped with blaring music, not only entertained protesters but also…