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The relationship between the IMF, foreign debt, and Kenya’s current crisis | Business and Economy News

Kenyans Protest IMF Loans: Understanding the Crisis and Demands

In Kenya, weeks of protests have continued as determined citizens voice their frustrations with the government. What started as a rally against proposed tax hikes led to deadly protests, with demonstrators not only targeting President William Ruto and members of parliament but also directing their anger towards the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.

Accusations of causing the crisis and perpetuating modern-day slavery were raised against the IMF and World Bank, with graffiti in Nairobi denouncing the organizations. The anger towards the IMF stems from loans provided to Kenya, which have been linked to the country’s heavy debt crisis.

Kenya’s debt situation has worsened over the years, with the current debt standing at $82 billion, a significant portion of it owed to China. The IMF entered the picture in 2021 with a relief program aimed at helping Kenya manage its debt and stimulate private-sector investment. However, the conditions attached to the loans, such as tax hikes and spending cuts, have fueled more dissatisfaction among the population.

President Ruto recently rolled back the proposed tax hikes following violent protests, signaling a shift in the government’s stance. He announced new austerity measures to fill the revenue gap created by the withdrawn tax bill, including budget cuts and borrowing.

The IMF has indicated flexibility in its targets for Kenya, with another review scheduled for this month. Analysts believe that if the government implements the necessary spending cuts, the Kenyan currency could stabilize in the coming weeks.

As the country navigates through this economic turmoil, the demands on the IMF and the government remain high. Kenyans are looking for sustainable solutions that prioritize their well-being and economic stability.

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