POLICY ANALYSIS

Heads of State commit to Noncommunicable Disease Global Compact to save 50 million lives by 2030

News Release by the World Health Organisation Today, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, launched a new report calling on global leaders to take urgent action on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), responsible for 17 million premature deaths every year. To accelerate action Dr Tedros renewed

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Inflation Adjustment explainer

What is Adjustment for Inflation? The Excise Duty Act and Miscellaneous Fees and Levies Act provides for the Commissioner-General of the Kenya Revenue Authority, by Gazette Notice, to adjust the specific rate of excise duty every two years to take into account inflation. Recently, the

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Next upcoming significant event

Following the inauguration of Dr William Samoei Ruto on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, as President, he is now widely expected to release an executive order outlining the organisation of his government. The executive order to be released by President Ruto will supersede any other Executive

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WHO responds to The Lancet COVID-19 Commission

News Release by the World Health Organisation WHO welcomes the overarching recommendations of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission’s report on “Lessons for the future from the COVID-19 pandemic,” which align with our commitment to stronger global, regional and national pandemic preparedness, prevention, readiness and response. At

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Media relationship with the State worth watching in the new administration

The decision by the new administration to deny the media the rights to livestream the inauguration of President William Ruto has marked the start of a rocky relationship with the Fourth Estate. Last weekend, the media was up in arms over the directive that they

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Will ICT play an increasingly important role in Kenya’s election? 

The hearing of the presidential election petition this week have had the ICT systems used in the election process under the microscope and have proven that the systems are essential to achieving a credible electoral outcome.  Nevertheless, the risks and unforeseen challenges these technologies carry

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At a glance – Issues before the Supreme Court for determination

Outcome 1 – Presidential election upheld If the Supreme Court issues a ruling that declares the presidential election as valid, the President-elect will be sworn in on the first Tuesday, 7 days from when the court issues its ruling –  September 13, 2022. Outcome 2

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Fintech in Africa (Part 1): African tech boom is more than a buzz; future is bright

The financial industry has benefited greatly from the buzz surrounding the African tech boom, with reports of African fintech businesses raising money becoming commonplace in tech media. It accurately reflects how much venture capitalists and investors have attracted financing to the fintech sector.  Fintech has

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New governors hit the ground running by putting County Public Service Boards on the spot

A section of newly-elected governors across the country are all over the place unearthing incredulous Human Resource (HR) issues in their respective counties. These governors have hit the ground running and all seem quite focused. They want to keep the promises they made in their

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Half of health care facilities globally lack basic hygiene services – WHO, UNICEF

News Release by the World Health Organisation Newly established global estimate on hygiene reveals the risk of disease spread and infections to patients and health care providers Half of health care facilities worldwide lack basic hygiene services with water and soap or alcohol-based hand rub

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Finger on the Pulse: Post-Election Snapshot

On August 27, Azimio la Umoja Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga revealed that he had a telephone conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guteres where they talked about the recent developments in Kenya. Furthermore, Raila mentioned that the region is making progress to deal with the

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WHO Director-General congratulates Togo on becoming first country to eliminate four neglected tropical diseases

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, today extended his congratulations to the Republic of Togo, as it was confirmed that the West African country had become the first country to eliminate four devastating neglected tropical diseases. The ceremony took place during the 72nd Session of

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Top banks’ performance in Kenya Banking Sentiment Index, 2022, and areas to improve

Deloitte delivered the Kenya Banking Sentiment Index report indicating that M-Pesa had more positive appreciation  from clients than conventional banks as confirmed in the Net Sentiment Index. It partnered with DataEQ to monitor over 330,000 Twitter posts that mentioned Co-operative Bank, Equity Bank, Absa, Stanbic,

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At the Supreme Court, it will be about the questions unanswered  

The next few days will be critical, and it is not only political watchers who should have their eyes on the Supreme Court, where the petition challenging the election of William Ruto as President will be heard.  Raila Odinga’s coalition has asked for a cocktail

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Finger on the Pulse: Post-Election Snapshot

Significant political event of the week: On Monday, August 22, the Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate. Raila Odinga filed his petition challenging the presidential results announced by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.  The case will be heard and determined by September 4, 2022. Two voters moved

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Shifting political alliances post-election: Likely fate of coalition parties

Following the declaration of Deputy President William Ruto as the President-elect by the IEBC chairman, a number of elected Members of Parliament allied to the Azimio la Umoja coalition have shifted camp to the Kenya Kwanza coalition.  The United Democratic Movement (UDM) party, a constituent

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Transitioning the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto to Policy Instruments

The Kenya Kwanza coalition will need to develop close to 200 policy instruments to implement its manifesto if it manages to take over the Government.  An analysis of its key interventions by Vellum indicates that the coalition would need to implement 195 policy instruments to

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Women leadership in Kenya gains traction after big wins in 2022 General Election

For long, Kenyan women have been waiting for the day they will have opportunities to take up positions initially dominated by men. With the 2022 General Election, Kenyans’ perception of women leaders seems to have changed; this is evident from the number of women governors,

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Legal insights after the resurfacing of Maina Kiai’s precedent case following presidential results announcement

The famous Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission v Maina Kiai & 5 Others [2017] eKLR, ‘Maina Kiai case’ revolutionised the electoral process. The case upheld that the results declared at the polling station are not provisional, but final and therefore cannot be altered by the

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Joint Statement: Call for increased political commitment and accountability in preparation for the 2023 United Nations High-Level meeting on Tuberculosisvi

News Release by WHO  In June 2022, WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus held a dialogue with WHO’s Civil Society Task Force on Tuberculosis (CSTF-TB) in Geneva, Switzerland.  The dialogue was followed by an online town hall with civil society and affected communities on priorities

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Finger on the Pulse: Post-election snapshot

On Monday, August 15, IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati declared UDA presidential candidate William Ruto as President-elect with 7,176,141 votes against his main challenger, Mr. Raila Odinga, who got 6,942,930 votes. Upon announcement of the presidential winner by the IEBC Chairman, four IEBC commissioners disputed the

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Highlights of the 2022 Kenya Financial Sector Stability Report

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) recently released the 2021 Financial Stability Report which discusses developments and risks in Kenya’s economy and financial sector in the post-Covid–19 pandemic recovery phase, and details how the financial sector has remained resilient.  The report outlines some of the

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Launch of the first WHO position paper on optimizing brain health across life

News Release by World Health Organisation Brain health is an evolving concept, attracting increasing attention not only from the health sector but also from wider society, stimulating rich debate – and for good reasons. The brain and central nervous system are the command centre of

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Finger on the Pulse: Post-Election Snapshot

On Tuesday, August 9, Kenyans across the country and in the diaspora headed to polling stations to cast their vote. For the first time after 50 years of being stateless, the Shona community cast their votes. This came after President Uhuru Kenyatta granted full Kenyan

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What August 9th General Election means to the East African Community

Kenya’s electioneering season is now in its final stretch. On August 9, voters will head to polling stations across the country and in the diaspora to cast their votes. A peaceful General Election in Kenya will strengthen regional stability. The country needs a leader who

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Towards net-zero: The shift to electric mobility in Kenya is gaining momentum

The announcement by Kenya Power to start building charging ports for electric vehicles has renewed the conversation on e-mobility in Kenya. Beginning next month, Kenya Power is set to commence the construction of electric charging systems for homes, businesses, and the public across the country.

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WHO launches appeal to respond to urgent health needs in the greater Horn of Africa

News Release by World Health Organization Millions of lives are in peril, including children. US$ 123.7 million is needed for the health agency’s response until December 2022. The health and lives of people in the greater Horn of Africa are threatened as the region faces

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Election Countdown: 3 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 General Election day 9th August, 2022 Significant political event of the week: On Monday, August 1,  Education CS George Magoha directed schools to release learners for a break ahead

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NMS drafts contingency plan for Nairobi ahead of August 9 polls

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and some stakeholders have developed a contingency plan for Nairobi County to guide in preparing for any eventualities that may arise after or during the August 9 polls. In a statement on Monday, July 25, Gen. Mohamed A. Badi, the Director-General

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Money laundering and terrorism financing: Kenya at medium risk as CBK publishes inaugural report

On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, the Central Bank of Kenya launched the Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing National Risk Assessment Report (NRA). The report identifies and assesses Kenya’s Money Laundering (ML) and Terrorism Financing (TF) risks at a national and sectoral level. The overall ML

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WHO recommends long-lasting cabotegravir for HIV prevention

News Release by World Health Organization  WHO on 28/07/22 released new guidelines for the use of long-acting injectable cabotegravir (CAB-LA) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV and called for countries to consider this safe and highly effective prevention option for people at substantial risk of

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Election Countdown: 10 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 General Election day 9th August, 2022 Significant political event of the week: The IEBC denounced claims  that government security agencies at JKIA had detained ballot papers allegedly imported outside

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Digital transformation: Overview of a study on Kenya’s digital readiness

Kenya ranked 116th out of 193 countries in the UN E-Government Development Index 2020 and has been on a steady journey towards embodying full digital transformation.  In light of the advancements made by the Kenyan government, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), Estonian Centre for

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Supreme Court’s Ruling on Sonko breathes new life to Chapter Six of the Constitution

The Supreme Court dealt a final blow to Mike Sonko’s stab at the Mombasa gubernatorial race when it dismissed his appeal concerning his impeachment from the office of the Governor of Nairobi City County. In the shortened version of its decision, the Supreme Court noted

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Ministry preparedness for junior secondary raises concerns among parents and stakeholders

The confusion surrounding the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) appears not to be going away anytime soon. The expected transition to junior secondary is the current biggest headache for parents and stakeholders in the sector especially on how prepared the Ministry of Education is. The transition

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KEBS silence after Skittles lawsuit in US reveals need to amend Standards Act

Recently a class-action lawsuit against Mars, a manufacturing company of candies such as Skittles, was filed before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on the basis that the company’s use of titanium dioxide as an additive in Skittles made the

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Give WHO land for ‘our’ Hospital

Editorial Opinion by Jaindi Kisero from Nation Media Group Here is my take on the Kenyatta University land saga. In the early 1970s, Nairobi, Delhi and New Mexico put in bids for hosting the Unep headquarters. In 1972, the government rolled out a high-profile campaign

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Election Countdown: 17 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the names of the County Tallying Centre Election Agents 25th July, 2022 For presidential elections, political parties and

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Election Countdown: 24 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the names of the County Tallying Centre Election Agents 25th July, 2022 For presidential elections, political parties and

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Management of public land in Kenya and what the KU case reveals

There has been a push and pull between the government and the management of Kenyatta University after the university’s management failed to release title deeds for the track of land that the State wants subdivided for different purposes. The government’s plans on the 1,000-acre land

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Delay by Government Press to gazette House sitting exposes its soft underbelly as the country heads into the elections

The Government Printer has come under increased scrutiny this week after the Speaker of the National Assembly called off a special sitting following the failure to gazette the special sitting. Speaker Justin Muturi had called for a special sitting of the National Assembly on Wednesday,

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COVID-19 pandemic fuels largest continued backslide in vaccinations in three decades

Source: WHO WHO and UNICEF sound the alarm as new data shows global vaccination coverage continued to decline in 2021, with 25 million infants missing out on lifesaving vaccines The largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations in approximately 30 years has been recorded in official

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A month to go and IEBC is scrambling

Despite its best efforts, and more than four years to get its act together, the electoral commission faces the same challenges it did in 2017 when it bore the embarrassment of the presidential election annulled. Perhaps the greatest failure has been in the management of

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NHIF members enjoy more benefits from improved package

The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) has rolled out a set of changes that have taken effect starting July 1.  NHIF has increased hospital refunds by 12 per cent. It will also pay for 549 surgical procedures up from 292. The new benefits take effect

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Creating Tax Certainty: A look at the Kenya Draft National Tax Policy

The only feasible way to get money to pay for government expenditure on the products and services that most of us need is through taxes. However, establishing an effective and fair tax system is far from easy, especially for developing nations that seek to integrate

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Why global hunger is not going away soon

Press Relesase by UN The number of people affected by hunger globally rose to as many as 828 million in 2021, an increase of about 46 million since 2020 and 150 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a United Nations report. 

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Election Countdown: 31 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the names of the County Tallying Centre Election Agents 25th July, 2022 For presidential elections, political parties and

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Nairobi International Financial Centre and Kenya’s Critical Development Path

The set-up of the Nairobi International Financial Centre is a major milestone in Kenya’s ongoing efforts to become an Upper Middle-Income Country (UMIC). While its significance will largely become clear with time, the set-up of International Financial Centres (IFCs) generally, often are precursors for market

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Healing the health system in Kenya: Health Service Commission headache

Deputy President William Ruto has promised health workers that he will set up a Health Service Commission if he succeeds in his ambitions for the presidency. A Health Service Commission would be a boon for health workers since unlike teachers and the police, they were

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Kenya-Dubai port deal: The question of missing public participation and litigation risks

Background The alleged Kenya port and Dubai Port World FZE (“DP World”) deal has caused an uproar among Kenyans and particularly leaders from the Kenya Kwanza coalition. The Kenya Kwanza leaders have alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed DP World, acting on behalf of the

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Sustainability: Tips for living a more sustainable life

What is sustainable living? Sustainable living means understanding how our lifestyle choices impact the world around us and finding ways for everyone to live better and lighter. It is often called “earth harmony living” or “net zero living.” Applying a ‘people lens’ to sustainability is

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NHIF and Janssen Kenya seal a Partnership to Enhance Patient Access to Prostate Cancer Drugs

Press release by NHIF and Janssen Kenya  Prostate cancer patients covered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) can now access an innovator prescription drug manufactured and distributed by Janssen Kenya, one of the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, as part of a strategic

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World Bank Board Approves New Fund for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPR)

News release by World Health Organization The devastating human, economic, and social cost of COVID-19 has highlighted the urgent need for coordinated action to build stronger health systems and mobilize additional resources for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPR). The World Bank’s Board of Executive

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Emergency supplies at KEMSA to continue during annual stock-take week

Press release by KEMSA  A scheduled annual stock take exercise at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has commenced today. The exercise was flagged off by KEMSA CEO Terry Ramadhani who confirmed that, during the stock-taking period (from Friday 1st to Friday 8th July), KEMSA

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Election Countdown: 38 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the names of the County Tallying Centre Election Agents 25th July, 2022 For presidential elections, political parties and

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Fuel subsidy: Why scrapping it is not as easy as it sounds

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the sabotage of the global supply chain hence hiking of  fuel prices. This in return led to the spiral effect spilling to other sectors of the economy thus pushing up the cost of living. In a statement, National Treasury CS

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The dilemma in the wake of Covid-19 upsurge and increasing political gatherings

Indoor political meetings are super spreader events for the coronavirus, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said during a press conference on June 20. What does this mean especially at this time when the political heat has intensified, with the majority of contenders hunting for votes from

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Joint investments in research and development key to getting ahead of antimicrobial resistance

By WHO Antibacterial Pipeline Team Development of new antibacterial treatments is inadequate to address the mounting threat of antibiotic resistance, according to the annual pipeline report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The 2021 report describes the antibacterial clinical and preclinical pipeline as stagnant and

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Election Countdown: 45 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties participating in the General Election to submit their Party List to IEBC. 25th June, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the

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Election Countdown: 52 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Political parties participating in the General Election to submit their Party List to IEBC 25th June, 2022 Political parties and candidates to appoint and submit to the IEBC the

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MPs want the Government to offer Kshs 15 Billion to fund the Fuel Subsidy programme

Kenyans can now smile as the Legislatures have moved to forestall a looming economic crisis by adding the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining Kshs 15 billion to fund the fuel subsidy programme. The skyrocketing fuel prices always lead to hiked prices of basic commodities hence

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Kenyans shoulder a heavy burden in the largest Public-Private Partnership project

The Public Investments Committee of the National Assembly has called upon the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) management over delays in the construction of a transmission line to connect the Lake Turkana Wind Power plant to

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Achieving the Green Transition in the energy sector

On 5th June 2022, individuals, communities, civil societies, businesses and governments worldwide came together to mark World Environment Day under the theme #OnlyOneEarth. Stockholm held official celebrations where the host country Sweden announced a ban on issuing new licenses to extract coal, oil, and natural

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Election Countdown: 59 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period 29th May 2022 – 6th August 2022 Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Assembly Elections 1st June 2022 – 7th June 2022. Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for

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Sounding the alarm on irregular appointments to public boards in Kenya

The Employment and Labour Relations Court has recently quashed the appointment of board members of certain state corporations, citing a lack of transparency and competitiveness in the recruitment process. The latest casualties include the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) and the Kenya Bureau of Standards

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Integrity of Aspirants: Eyes on electoral commission after receiving report by EACC

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on May 31, 2022, shared a report with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) detailing the various moral, ethical, and  integrity concerns pertaining to aspirants seeking elective positions in the August 9, 2022 General Election.  Impact of Report

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Election Countdown: 66 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Official campaign period. 29th May, 2022 – 6th August, 2022 Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the County Woman Member to the National Assembly elections. 1st June, 2022 to 3rd June, 2022. Nomination of political party

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Stakeholders should take up their roles to curb menace of spiked drinks

Spiking of alcohol in entertainment joints has been a long-running menace for revellers who have raised concerns with relevant authorities over their safety. Revellers who have fallen prey to the alcohol spikers, now popularly known as ‘pishori babes’, have lost considerable amounts of money and

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Election Countdown: 73 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the Presidential Election 29th May, 2022 to 6th June, 2022. Nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the National Assembly Elections 29th May, 2022 to 31st May, 2022

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Here is what Digital Credit Providers need to know as licensing deadline approaches

The Central Bank of Kenya on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, issued a press release in relation to licensing of Digital Credit Providers (DCPs). The deadline for licensing of DCPs is September 17, 2022.  The announcement by CBK serves to remind DCPs that are yet to

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Election Countdown: 80 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Presidential candidates deliver to IEBC a list of at least 2,000 voters registered in each of a majority of the counties 23rd May, 2022 Days for the nomination of political party candidates and independent candidates for the Presidential Election

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What KRA needs to do before leveraging on digital intelligence to weed out tax evaders

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced the establishment of an advanced forensic laboratory that will provide the authority the capability to access financial data from taxpayers’ computers and mobile phones, in a bid to detect tax evasion and to reduce financial fraud.  The Kenyan

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Agroecology is the magical bullet to Food Insecurity and Sustainable Farming in Kenya

Agroecology is the application of ecological principles to agricultural systems. Studies reveal that agroecology offers solutions to the ongoing farming and food security challenges in Kenya such as drought, hunger, poverty, and inequality. Agroecology supports small scale farmers in diversity and ensures long-term balance between

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Dispatch from Cabinet: Executed Policy Action Points

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, May 12, 2022, chaired a session of the nation’s apex policy organ ‐ Cabinet ‐ at State House, Nairobi. The Cabinet considered the state of the economy within the context of the 2022 Economic Survey.  In 2021, the Kenyan economy

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Kick-Starting Awareness at the Workplace

Mental Health is a global issue. In analysis, more than 300 million people around the world are suffering from the leading problem of mental health, depression. This is a representation of 4.4% of the world’s total population. In Kenya, a staggering 1 out of 4

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Election Countdown : 87 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline IEBC to publish in the Gazette, the names and symbols of persons intending to contest in the election as independent candidates    13th May, 2022. Political parties intending to present a Presidential and Deputy Presidential candidates through party primaries or

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Betting on consolidation of the insurance industry to increase product penetration

As of 2020, the insurance penetration rate in Kenya was at 2.17 percent, down from 2.34 percent in the preceding year. Kenya has maintained a descending trajectory since 2016, when the penetration rate was at 2.78 percent.  Research conducted by the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA)

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Proposed Regulations on Share Buybacks under the draft Capital Markets (Securities)(Public Offers Listings and Disclosure) Regulations, 2022

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has published draft rules that will, among other things, provide for share buybacks by listed companies in Kenya. Despite the Companies Act, 2015, introducing the concept of share buyback in the country, the CMA expressed concerns that the move could

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Election Countdown: 94 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline IEBC to publish in the Gazette, the names and symbols of persons intending to contest in the election as independent candidates    13th May, 2022. Political parties intending to present a Presidential and Deputy Presidential candidates through party primaries or

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The journey towards developing nuclear energy in Kenya to power a digitised economy

Energy is vital for the economic progress of a country. It has a significant impact on all aspects of development, ranging from environment, social, economic, agriculture, population and livelihood. The COVID-19 pandemic also served to catalyse digitalisation of all aspects of economic activities. . Kenya’s

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Election Countdown: 102 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

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Election Countdown: 108 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts. 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC. 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

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The delicate balance of safeguarding stakeholders and creditors’ interests during administration

The essence of administration is to rescue companies that are under financial distress while safeguarding the interests of creditors and other stakeholders in the company. One of the key objectives of administration as set out under the Insolvency Act, 2015 is to achieve a better

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Election Countdown: 116 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

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Treasury avoids tricky decision on long-term action on fuel

The good news from the Budget Statement was that fuel would be spared the proposed 10 per cent increase in Excise Duty that the Treasury has asked the National Assembly to impose on Kenyans when the Finance Bill is passed.  The bad news, according to

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Barriers to digital foreign trade in Kenya: A US perspective

The 2022 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) is the 37th version in an annual series that highlights significant foreign barriers to US exports, US foreign direct investment, and US electronic commerce. The NTE Report identifies significant barriers, regardless of whether they

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KEMSA banking on Information Technology systems to guarantee effective national healthcare supply chain system

By: John Kabuchi Information Technology solutions continue to provide limitless opportunities facilitating much-needed efficiency at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) as part of organisational reforms. KEMSA is a strategic State Corporation mandated to undertake roles and responsibilities to ensure supply chain excellence for Health

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Tax Talk Series webinar: A look at post Budget effect on taxes

The Tax Talk Series hosted by the Kenya Revenue Authority held a webinar on April 8, 2022, to discuss the post budget effects on taxes. The session which lasted for close to an hour was moderated by Nixon Omondi – Manager, Digital Economy, Tax Office.

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Election Countdown: 122 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC. 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

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Health ministry clarifies Breast Milk Substitutes regulations after uproar on alleged ban of feeding bottles

The Ministry of Health has come out to clear the air after media reports indicated that the ministry had banned the use of breastfeeding bottles. The MoH termed the reports as misinformation by the media which led to a public outcry this week. The media

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Election Countdown: 129 day to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts. 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC. 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

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Election Countdown: 136 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

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New regulations set to tame predatory digital lending practices in Kenya

Digital lenders have up to September 2022 to comply with regulatory requirements, including licensing by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). The Central Bank of Kenya (Digital Credit Providers) Regulations, 2021 (“Draft Regulations”), which are expected to be published before the end of March 2022,

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Election Countdown: 143 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

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Cybersecurity in Kenyan Fintech, threats, trends and solutions: Highlights of GIZ Report, 2022

Digital payments are progressively entering the mainstream, in correlation to the increased access, use, and adoption of ICTs in Kenya. However, the transition to and eventual adoption of digital payments will bear its own risks, in the form of cybersecurity risks.  Against this backdrop, “A

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Shadow Budget Report casts doubt on economic recovery as rising debt and electoral jitters persist

The 2022/23 Annual National Shadow Budget by IPFK™ for Kenya is the second edition, and it is one of its kind in the country.  The production of the Shadow Budget was supported by the integrated marketing firm Oxygéne Marketing and Communication Limited with the aim

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Election Countdown: 151 days to go

Election timelines and activities  Activity Timeline Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts 9th February, 2022 Political Parties to submit party membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names

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County E-Health Bill, 2021; Achievements and steps made towards digitalising Kenya’s healthcare system

As early as 2005, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognized the potential of e-Health to strengthen health systems and improve quality, safety and access to healthcare. The WHO encouraged member states to take action to incorporate e-Health into health systems and services.  Kenya acknowledged the

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The security initiative in CBK’s National Payments Strategy 2022-2025

In this second part of our series on the Central Bank of Kenya National Payments Strategy for 2022 – 2025 (NPS Strategy), we examine CBK’s strategic initiatives under the principle of security. A core focus of the strategic initiatives under security is ensuring adequate protection

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A first for mobile digital lenders after Branch International acquires majority stake at Century Limited

On February 9, Branch International Limited acquired a majority stake in Century Microfinance Bank Limited effective January 1, 2022. This follows CBK’s approval on December 30, 2021, under Section 19 (4) of the Microfinance Act and approval by the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury

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