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William Ruto Bows to Gen Z Pressure: Signs IEBC Amendment Bill into Law Amid Calls for Resignation

William Ruto Bows to Gen Z Pressure: Signs IEBC Amendment Bill into Law Amid Calls for Resignation

In what can be described as bowing to pressure, President William Ruto has today signed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Amendment Bill into law.

This decision has come amid sustained pressure from Gen Z protesters demanding transparency and accountability from the country’s political class.

The IEBC Amendment Bill, which faced intense scrutiny and debate in Parliament, aims to reform the selection process for IEBC commissioners. The new law now establishes a seven-member selection panel which will be responsible for recruiting a new IEBC Chairperson and six commissioners.

William Ruto Bows to Gen Z Pressure Signs IEBC Amendment Bill into Law Amid Calls for Resignation
File Photo: William Ruto signing IEBC Amendment Bill into law at KICC today | Courtesy.

The composition of this panel has been altered to include representatives from the Public Service Commission, Political Parties Liaison Committee, Law Society of Kenya, Parliamentary Service Commission, and the Inter-religious Council of Kenya.

The signing of this bill is seen as a direct response to the fervent protests led by leaderless and partyless Gen Z youths all over the country.

These young Kenyans have been at the forefront of demonstrations, demanding truthfulness and greater accountability from their leaders.

The protests, which began in June 2024 in opposition to the controversial Finance Bill 2024, quickly evolved to address broader issues of governance, corruption and electoral integrity.

In a statement, President Ruto acknowledged the importance of the youth’s role in shaping Kenya’s future.

“The youth of this nation have made their voices heard loud and clear. This government is committed to ensuring that their demands for transparency and accountability are met,” he said.

Despite, signing the IEBC amendment bill into law, the Gen Z and millennial protesters remain vigilant.

Through multiple social media posts, they have pledged to continue holding the government accountable and ensuring that the promises made today by the political class are fulfilled in the days to come.

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