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Kenyans use music and dance to celebrate the lives of those who died in the historic protests

KENYANS chose music and dance to remember and celebrate the lives of those who died in recent protests, according to reports. Hundreds gathered for a concert in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park to commemorate over three dozen people killed during anti-government demonstrations.

The event, held on Saba Saba Day, featured local artists performing as attendees chanted slogans and danced. Activist Boniface Mwangi told reporters, “We’re mourning, and we’re telling the families of those who lost their loved ones, we’re with you, and we shall honour their sacrifice.”

The concert took place after protests that began on June 18, pushing for the scrapping of planned tax hikes and President William Ruto’s resignation. At least 39 people were killed during these demonstrations.

Participants held placards reading “RIP Comrades” and “We promise we’ll keep fighting,” while some hammered crosses into the ground. The crowd chanted “Ruto must go,” reflecting ongoing political tensions.

In response to the protests, Ruto recently scrapped a controversial finance bill and proposed new austerity measures, including reducing the number of his advisers and dissolving 47 state corporations.

The significance of Saba Saba Day was not lost on attendees, as it marks the anniversary of 1990 protests that led to the return of multi-party politics under former leader Daniel Arap Moi’s government.

This blend of celebration, mourning, and political expression through music and dance highlights the complex emotions surrounding recent events in Kenya.

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By The African Mirror