Man sets himself ablaze over hardtimes - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Friday, August 18, 2023

Man sets himself ablaze over hardtimes

An unidentified man has set himself on fire in Mombasa City’s Central Business District of Kenya, to protest against high cost of living in the country.

It was learnt that the incident happened on Thursday, as captured in a video showing the man in black cloth standing atop a concrete block before he set himself on fire.

In the video the man was seen pouring liquid suspected to be a flammable substance on his body before lighting himself. Some onlookers tried to stop him, begging him to reconsider his decision while some assured him that all would be well.

A police officer based in Mombasa confirmed to journalists that the man had indeed set himself on fire.
“We have already rushed him to Coast General Hospital where he is receiving treatment,” he stated. .

According to eyewitnesses, the man said he was protesting against the high cost of living and the 2022 “stolen” presidential election, in which the opposition leader Raila Odinga lost to President William Ruto.
The rise in the cost of living has primarily been linked to surging fuel prices, persistent drought conditions, and the depreciation of the Shilling.

Kenyans have previously taken to the streets to protest against the high cost of living.

Culled from The Roving Pen

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