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Kenyans have always shown remarkable innovation and the latest use of tech in their quest to hold politicians accountable is not shcoking. What started as youthful protests against tax hikes has now evolved into a technological revolution, with citizens using digital tools to demand transparency and accountability from their leaders. Despite President William Ruto’s concession to withdraw the Finance Bill 2024, Kenyans are determined to continue their fight, demonstrating that it was merely the first step towards reclaiming power for the people.

The protests against the Finance Bill 2024 marked a significant moment in Kenyan political activism. Sparked by widespread dissatisfaction with the proposed tax hikes, these protests saw the youth taking to the streets, armed with smartphones, water bottles, chants, placards, and an unwavering spirit. The government’s eventual decision to withdraw the bill was a testament to the power of collective action. However, this victory only fueled the determination of Kenyans to push further.

Social media platforms have been the new battlegrounds, where activists organized, shared information, and mobilized support. This is a strategic move to harness the power of technology in amplifying their voices and reaching a broader audience leaderless and tribeless

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful tool in the fight for political accountability in Kenya. Several innovative platforms have been developed to expose corruption and educate the public about government policies. These AI tools are not just technological marvels; they are symbols of a new era of civic engagement.

One notable example is the AI platform created by a Kenyan developer known as BenwithSon on X (formerly Twitter). This platform allows users to query the names of politicians and receive detailed information about their involvement in corruption scandals. The AI provides a chronological list of scandals, detailing the cases and their outcomes, whether the politician was prosecuted, and the sources of the information. Users can also contribute by identifying missing information, enhancing the platform’s accuracy and reliability.

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BenwithSon is not alone in leveraging AI for public good. Kelvin Onkundi’s Finance Bill GPT and Marion Kavengi’s SHIF GPT are other examples of how Kenyans are using AI to demystify complex government policies. Onkundi’s tool provides insights into the intricate clauses of the Finance Bill, while Kavengi’s creation breaks down the Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF) set to replace the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). Both tools have been instrumental in helping the public understand and engage with these critical issues.

Technology has undeniably empowered Kenyan citizens, shifting them from passive recipients of government decisions to active participants in the political process. Digital tools have made it easier for citizens to access information, hold leaders accountable, and advocate for change. This technological empowerment is a clear sign that the era of opaque governance is coming to an end.

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