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Digital Activist Mohamed Hersi Warns MP Ichung’wah About Underestimating Youth Protests

Digital activist and Twitter user Mohamed Hersi lectures Kikuyu MP Hon. Kimani Ichung'wah hours after he claimed that Gen Z protests were being sponsored by rich kids.

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Digital activist Mohamed Hersi has issued a stern warning to Hon. Kimani Ichung’wah, Member of Parliament for Kikuyu, urging him not to underestimate the impact of the recent protests against the Finance Bill 2024 that rocked the entire nation.

In a Twitter post on June 22, Hersi responded to Ichung’wah’s dismissive remarks about the demonstrations, highlighting the unique nature and resolve of the protesting youth.

Hersi criticized Ichung’wah for failing to grasp the essence of the current protests, emphasizing that the participation of young, educated Kenyans, often seen with iPhones, designer clothes, and well-maintained dreadlocks, signifies a shift in the political landscape.

Hon. Kimani Ichung'wah chatting with close friend during Eldama Ravine tour yesterday

Hon. Kimani Ichung’wah chatting with close friend during Eldama Ravine tour yesterday

“The fact that young, smart, educated Kenyans are willing to come out to picket and face off with police should worry any politician in Kenya,” Hersi wrote. “Be very afraid Mheshimiwa. It means they are ready to step out of their comfort zones.”

According to Hersi, the youth involved in these protests have dismantled tribal barriers, showcasing their intelligence and sophistication in ways that defy traditional regional or ethnic biases.

Unlike typical protests driven by political affiliations, these demonstrators operate independently, drawing support from various regions across Kenya, including Meru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Mombasa, Kwale, Kiambu, Garissa, and Kisii. Hersi pointed out that these youths are self-funded and organized, utilizing services like Uber without relying on political handouts, and even sharing meals after protests, which highlights their self-sufficiency and unity.

Ichung'wah pauses as he delivers his speech

Ichung’wah pauses as he delivers his speech

The activist also noted the significant goodwill the protesters have garnered from the public, with Somali restaurants providing free food and Jamia Mosque offering sanctuary to tear-gassed demonstrators, emphasizing the national impact of their movement.

Also, Hersi urged Ichung’wah to recognize the seriousness of the situation and engage with the youth meaningfully.

“We are in uncharted waters; you should be burning midnight oil to explore how to reach out to this youth,” he advised.

He concluded by noting that the involvement of middle-class youth in national matters signals a significant shift in civic engagement and that political leaders must adapt to this new reality. “As always, I choose to remain an optimist. I wish you good luck Mheshimiwa,” Hersi added.

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