Kenya’s ICT industry regulator, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), has responded to claims that it was planning to shut down the internet on Tuesday during the planned demonstrations against the Finance Bill 2024 by the GenZs.

In a statement on Monday night, CA chief executive David Mugonyi clarified that the internet will be on as usual and that the rumours were untrue.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Authority has no intention whatsoever to shut down internet traffic or interfere with the quality of connectivity,” said CEO Mugonyi. “Such actions would be a betrayal to the Constitution as a whole, the freedom of expression in particular and our own ethos.”

The CA boss added that the presumed action would also be undermining the livelihoods of many Kenyans who rely on the net to earn their income.

He said that, however, when protests are ongoing, citizens should use the internet with respect to all as required by the country’s cyber laws.

His response came hours after many rights groups alleged that the country was planning to switch off the internet to tame Finance Bill protests.