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21 Aug 2018 | 03:04 AM UTC

Kenya: Motorists plan road blockade in Nairobi August 22

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Motorists plan road blockade in Nairobi on August 22; heightened security presence and significant traffic disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/22/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Nairobi

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The Motorist Association of Kenya has called for road blockades to be set up throughout Nairobi during morning rush hour on Wednesday, August 22, to protest an increase in fuel taxes set to take effect in September. Demonstrators plan to park their vehicles on the main roads beginning at 07:30 (local time) through 10:30 and walk to their destination in protest. A heightened security presence and significant traffic disruptions are expected near the demonstration sites.


On Monday, August 20, Kenya's Treasury Principal Secretary announced that a 6 percent value-added-tax (VAT) is set to take effect on September 1. The new tax comes after a month of rising fuel prices and is intended to decrease the government's reliance on IMF loans.


Individuals in Nairobi are advised to anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid any potential protests, and follow all instructions issued by the local authorities.


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