POLICY ANALYSIS

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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Election Countdown: 158 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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Kenya Power shining bright

Kenya Power has reported a net profit before tax of Shs.5.659 Billion in the half year trading period ended 31 December 2021, compared to Shs.332 Million realised in a similar period last year. This growth is mainly attributable to an increase in sales, enhanced system

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Election Countdown: 164 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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CBK’s strategic initiatives in the National Payments Strategy: Key highlights

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) unveiled its National Payments Strategy for 2022 – 2025 (NPS Strategy) this week. The NPS Strategy is anchored on the vision of a secure, fast, efficient and collaborative payments system that supports financial inclusion and innovations that benefit Kenyans.

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Election Countdown: 172 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 NHIF proposals face strong opposition

The Cabinet Secretary for Health has published the National Health Insurance Fund (Contributions) Regulations, 2022 (Draft Regulations). The changes are meant to boost Universal Health Coverage (UHC), but for the changes to work, Ms Mugo, Executive Director of FKE, stated that NHIF needs to step

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IEBC concerned over bid to integrate Huduma Namba into voter listing and verification process

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has expressed concerns over the integration of Huduma Namba (National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS)) into the voter registration and verification process.  Through a memorandum to the National Assembly’s Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs, the IEBC stated

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Central Bank Digital Currency discussion: The pros, cons and reading between the lines

Central Bank Digital Currency discussion: The pros, cons and reading between the lines The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) recently released a discussion paper on a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) intending to tease out a conversation around the possible introduction of a digital currency

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Election Countdown: 179 days to go

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 April 9, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the names of personscontesting in the

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Taxman’s eye on social media posts good for enhanced compliance

By Brian Kuira Recent media reports that the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) would train its eyes on taxpayers who display luxurious lifestyles on social media but under-declare their income sparked a heated debate among Kenyans.  A section of Kenyans termed the move a misplaced priority.

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Future of politics in Kenya: Electoral system and poor leadership blamed for voter apathy

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has reported that it captured 1,031,645 new voters in its second National Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration exercise against a target of 4.5 million. The registration exercise came to an end on February 6, 2022. In the first phase

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The die is cast for over 20 state officers after resigning to join 2022 poll contest

The biggest surprise in the Cabinet resignations earlier in the week is perhaps the low number of Cabinet Secretaries that resigned. It had earlier been rumoured that more than half of Cabinet Secretaries would resign with a majority being allied to DP William Ruto’s United

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IEBC should avoid ghosts of the past to win voters and deliver credible elections

In exactly 179 days, Kenyans will be heading to the polls in what is shaping out to be a hotly contested General Election. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is tasked with conducting and supervising the election. History shows that various challenges have marred

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Elections Countdown: 186 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 the Party Membership lists to the IEBC 9th April, 2022. Political parties intending to present candidates in the election to submit the

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What you need to know about unclaimed financial assets

Recent media revelations paint a shocking picture of vast amounts of unclaimed assets that lie idle despite Kenyans going through a tough economic season. According to the media reports, the amount of unclaimed assets currently stands at KSh 55 billion, with a paltry KSh 1

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Election Data Concerns: IEBC, private sector and the public face risks

Against the backdrop of the 2022 General Election, Kenyans have been receiving unsolicited political messages, as political parties clamber to influence voters. Voter registration has been in overdrive, currently in the second phase of the enhanced continuous voter registration due to end on February 6,

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Government business continuity following anticipated mass resignation of key public officers

Succession in government offices has been making headlines following the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that public officers seeking elective posts should resign.The IEBC has gazetted notice that public officers vying in the August elections, should resign from public office on

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Scrap metal ban and the need to crack the whip on critical infrastructure vandalism

President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned any exports or dealings in scrap metal. The Head of State cited increased vandalism of government infrastructure which he described as economic sabotage. He added that tough action would be taken against anyone found culpable of vandalism. This comes days

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Central Bank of Kenya Diaspora Remittances Survey 2021

This week, the Central Bank of Kenya released the results of the first-ever Diaspora Remittances Survey (the “Survey”). The Survey was conducted between March and May 2021 by the Central Bank of Kenya in collaboration with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry

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IEBC releases 2022 election timelines

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has given notice through a press release that the General Elections shall be held on Tuesday, 9th August, 2022.  The following election dates/ timelines are universal amongst all categories of candidates vying during the 2022 General Election: UNIVERSAL TIMELINES

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KRA records excellent performance, Exceeds target in first half of FY 2021/22

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has recorded an above-target revenue performance in the first half of the Financial Year 2021/2022 after collecting KShs. 976.659 billion against a target of KShs. 929.127 billion thanks to higher tax compliance. Patriotic taxpayers keen on facilitating national development allowed

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President delivers on commitment to reduce the cost of power

Power consumers are set to enjoy lower electricity costs following the gazettement of an amended schedule of tariffs set by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).

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Hike in comprehensive motor insurance premiums rubs Kenyans the wrong way

Insurance customers have been burdened with an increase in insurance rates beginning January 1, 2022. A number of insurance companies have indicated that the increase will be up to 50% of premiums while others have indicated that they will not offer a comprehensive insurance cover

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Government enters watershed period with the February 9 deadline for public officers’ resignation

The mandatory resignation requirement for public officers vying in the 2022 General Election has run into legal headwinds. Public officers eyeing elective political seats are required by law to resign at least six months to the polls. However, the requirement, anchored under section 43(5) of

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Petrol shortage looms in the new year following breach in import rules

Kenyans are not likely to rest easy at the pump anytime soon due to the looming threat of fuel shortages and increasing fuel prices.  The cause of the shortage has been attributed to the unscheduled discharge of a vessel ferrying 30,000 tonnes of Premium Motor

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Effects of Kenya’s ‘mandatory’ vaccination directive

On Sunday, November 21, 2021,  Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced several strategies that are being proposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. These strategies are: Making proof of full vaccination a prerequisite to receiving government services from December 21, 2021. Counties to ramp up on

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The State applauds KRA’s revenue mobilisation efforts with a record number of Awards and Honours

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has welcomed the highest number of decorations ever accorded to its staff members; by the State at the recent 58th Jamhuri Day Celebrations. In recognition of the Tax Administration Authority’s exemplary performance in revenue mobilisation, KRA officers received a total of

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Brands should embrace online content creators

By: Grace Wandera Brands have since time immemorial invested in every opportunity available to enhance their presence and reputation among the target market. Maintaining a good reputation and presence is among key priorities for every brand. While a number of years ago brand consciousness was

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What to look out for in 2022

As 2021 draws to a climax, numerous developments on both the national and international sphere will have spillover effects into the new year.  Below is a summary of 2022’s highly anticipated and potential socio-economic, political and legal impacts:  Additional Lockdowns and Curfews Following the latest

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Computer errors in the State of the Nation Address?

President Uhuru Kenyatta on 30th November delivered his 8th State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament. In his address he reported on the measures taken by his government. He also reported on the status of our fulfilment of

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Data Protection Commissioner announces opportunities for the ODPC and stakeholders to collaborate during dual data protection report launch

Kenya’s Data Protection Commissioner Immaculate Kassait has asked stakeholders to collaborate with her office to increase awareness of Data Protection laws and simplification of the legal framework.  Ms Kassait said it is not the sole responsibility of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner to

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Ending Aids while learning from Covid

This year’s World Aids Day celebrations, coming as the world works to push back the Covid-19 pandemic, have given the scientific and public policy community an opportunity to consider lessons learnt during the latest medical and scientific struggle faced globally.  As of the end of

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Tough Choices ahead for Public Universities in Kenya

The recent unravelling of major public universities in Kenya points at an urgent need for reforms, with the task likely to be taken up by the next administration.  Moi University and Egerton University have been the latest tertiary institutions in financial trouble attributed to rapid

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No Vaccinations, No Services: Mandatory Vaccination Directive in Kenya

On Sunday, November 21, 2021, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced several strategies that are being proposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. These strategies are: Making proof of full vaccination a prerequisite to receiving government services from December 21, 2021. Counties to ramp up on

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Communique at the End of the Seventh and Final Annual Devolution Conference in Makueni County

The Seventh and Final Annual Devolution Conference was convened jointly by the Council of Governors, the Senate, the Ministry of Devolution, and the County Assemblies Forum and was held between 23rd and 26th November, 2021, at Makueni Boys High School, Makueni County. The Conference made

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Elections 2022: The ODPC should tame political parties on data privacy breach

On June 18th 2021, the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu shared a link through which members of the public could verify their political party membership status. Many Kenyans took to e-Citizen to confirm this and what followed was an uproar by people who claimed

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Greening Kenya’s Banking Sector

By Dr. Patrick Njoroge We have a problem. The recently released State of the Climate in Africa 2020 report, indicates that in 2020, the climate indicators in Africa, were characterized by extreme weather events such as floods and droughts, increasing temperatures and accelerated rise in

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Pitch side developments: Football administration in Kenya

The Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, as widely expected, nay long anticipated, has finally cracked the whip against the Football Kenya Federation leadership. In a media communique delivered by Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed last Thursday, the FKF leadership has been sidestepped as the recognized

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New WHO report maps barriers to insulin availability and suggests actions to promote universal access

100 years after discovery, insulin still out of reach for many with diabetes Geneva, November 12, 2021 – A new report published by WHO in the lead-up to World Diabetes Day highlights the alarming state of global access to insulin and diabetes care, and finds

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KRA’s strategy on social media surveillance explained

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) announced that it is monitoring social media posts in a bid to enhance tax compliance and nab tax cheats who have been posting their lavish lifestyles, cars and assets online. The move has elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans. As is

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Enhancing cybersecurity ahead of 2022 elections: Balancing act for new committee

The newly unveiled National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee (NC4) has been tasked with cracking down on misuse of social media especially as the country approaches the General Election in 2022. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i unveiled the secretariat at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum

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Fine Print of Renewable Energy Sources that Developing Nations are missing

Over the last decade, the top four emitters, China, US, EU and India, have contributed to 55% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with the G20 members accounting for around 78% of global GHG emissions. Consequently, the G20 members largely determine global emission trends

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Global Push to End Fossil Fuel Funding gains Momentum

With COP26 scheduled to begin in Glasgow between October 31 and November 12, over 50 coordinated finance actions have been planned during which demonstrators shall engage in street marches, hold banners, organize projections, street murals, vigils and other kinds of creative demonstrations to demand that

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Stakeholders Add Their Voice to Draft Strategic Plan by Office of the Data Protection Commissioner during Public Participation Forum

A draft strategic plan by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) in Kenya was taken through a validation forum by stakeholders under public participation. The ODPC and the UK Embassy held a day’s workshop during which the ODPC Draft Strategic Plan (FY 2021/2022-

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What next for Huduma Cards after court calls for data protection impact assessment

Data security came to play at the High Court in Nairobi on Thursday, October 14, 2021, after Justice Jairus Ngaah declared that the government’s decision of November 18, 2020, to roll out Huduma Cards was illegal. The judge said the government had not adhered to

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FEASIBILITY OF GOK’s PROPOSALS ON COST OF POWER REDUCTION: ARE THE PROPOSED CHANGES SINCERE OR EMPTY PROMISES?

Since the presentation of the Presidential Task force Report on Review of Power Purchase Agreements on September 29th 2021, the country has been awash with speculations on how the proposed 33% decrease in energy cost will be implemented. In the Weekly Vellum dated October 01st

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Feasibilty of GOK’s Proposals on Cost of Power Reduction: Are the proposed changes sincere?

Despite the proposal by the Presidential Task force on the Review of Power Purchase Agreements to reduce the cost of electricity, the government is likely to come across headwinds.  The government will have a hard time reducing the cost of electricity by 33% because the

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The Government should have Grain Growers in mind and stand up for Kenya’s interests in Global Alcoholic Policy debate

By: Anthony Kioko The World Health Organization (WHO) is in the midst of developing a Global Alcohol Action Plan (GAAP) with the goal of reducing the harmful use of alcohol across the world. On Friday October 8, 2021, member states will be reviewing the 2nd

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Re-constitution of Kenya’s Cabinet

Vide a Notification of Presidential Action [II] publicized via a Press Statement on 29th of September, the President of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru M. Kenyatta notified the public of the changes to his Cabinet. This is in exercise of the presidential prerogative vested in the Head

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There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Meet the New Communications Authority Boss

Following a dramatic exit from the public stage after a protracted procurement controversy at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) three years ago, Mr. Ezra Chiloba has returned to the limelight. Popularly referred to as “Chilo-bae” during the 2017 General Election, Mr. Chiloba re-enters

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Review of Power Purchase Agreements in Kenya for Affordable Electricity

  On September 29th 2021, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy, to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Taskforce on Review of Power Purchase Agreements. The Taskforce was constituted vide Gazette Notice No. 3076 of 29th March, 2021, following public

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Tolling Nairobi Expressway: More Needs to Be Done to Convince the Public

It’s 4:45a.m, Mutuku Keith is preparing to leave his home in Syokimau. He has been trying to figure out how he can evade traffic for months now.  Sometimes when he leaves as early as 5a.m there’s traffic and other times there’s not much traffic or

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Meetings in the Metaverse? The Endless Possibilities in the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020

The term Metaverse is used to describe a virtual space within digital environments such as online games, social media, and virtual reality. It is a network of always-on virtual environments in which people can interact with one another and digital objects while operating virtual representations

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Mergers & Acquisitions: Lessons to Learn From Rubis And Gulf Energy Dispute

Gulf Energy and Rubis Energy are battling in court over privacy and security issues that arose after an acquisition. Rubis Energy acquired KenolKobil in 2019, a transaction that enabled it to acquire Gulf Energy. In the transaction, Gulf Energy transferred all its ICT assets including

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KEMSA: Our Commitment to Prompt Service Delivery

By Edward Njoroge The past few weeks have been a pretty busy season for the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), with staff running against time to process customer orders and deliveries. Due to the budget cycles, county governments have recently placed orders, settled outstanding debts

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This is what the Kenya Airways and South African Airways Collaboration Means For KQ, a Partnership is Only the Beginning

The cooperation agreement between Kenya Airways (KQ) and South African Airways (SAA) announced this week marked the first steps towards the creation of a Pan-African Airline Group despite the path being littered with a myriad of domestic issues. Both airlines are facing financial difficulties, which

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SIM Card Registration & Verification – A Threat to Hyper-Surveillance

The deadline for all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to ensure all SIM cards are linked to a legal registration identity document is fast approaching- 09th September, 2021. This follows a directive issued by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) earlier in August, 2021 which also

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Compulsory COVID-19 vaccination: Public Interest vs Personal Autonomy

The Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua has warned that action will be taken against civil servants who are not vaccinated by August 23rd, 2021. He said in a memo that it had been discovered that there was low uptake of the vaccines among public

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Taxation in Sports

Kenya was the leading performer in Africa in the recently concluded 2021 Tokyo Olympic games having won four golds, four silvers and two bronze that further jolted the country to 19th on the global medal standings. As the Olympic games came to a close, an

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ODPC, time to press play?

Is your company compliant with the Data Protection Act, 2019? Or does it have systems to ensure that it is compliant with data protection laws? The Act which was enacted in 2019 regulates the processing of personal data and has provisions on how to protect

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Highlights of the State of the Banking Industry Report, 2021

The Kenya Bankers Association Centre for Research on Financial Markets and Policy released the third annual State of the Banking Industry (SBI) Report on 27th July, 2021. It focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the banking industry and its pass-through effects to

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The Four R’s of COVID-19: ‘Relief; Repair; Reboot and Revolutionism’

By Jason Braganza The global Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented shock hopefully many of us will not be alive to see another as disruptive and pervasive as this one. A health crisis that shut down the entire global economic and trading ecosystem for close to

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Key Strategies in the Transformation of Kenya’s Tax Administration

Dr Mohamed Omar – KRA Commissioner – Strategy, Innovation and Risk Management Tax systems go through changes over time, as economies and societies equally evolve. Tax administration in Kenya has been going through reforms, most notably over the last ten years when the intentional use

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The draft Capital Markets (Investment Based Crowdfunding) Regulations, 2021.

The Cabinet Secretary to the National Treasury and Planning is proposing to make the Capital Markets (Investment Based Crowdfunding) Regulations, 2021. The Regulations will apply to investment-based crowdfunding platforms in Kenya. They will also apply to persons who are operating investment-based crowdfunding platforms in Kenya. 

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Gulf of Mexico ocean fireball: We need to be concerned

It’s time to move on from fossil fuels! When we think of the oil and gas industry, sustainability is probably the last word that comes to mind. Oil and gas are not inherently sustainable. Companies dealing in oil and gas need to innovate their way

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More than 5.5 million taxpayers file returns as filing period closes

More than 5.5 million taxpayers filed their tax returns for the year 2020 as the filing period officially closed at midnight on Wednesday 30th June 2021. This means that 1.1 million more taxpayers turned out to file their returns this year compared to the 4.4

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File your Annual Tax Return to avoid penalties for Non-compliance

By Rispah Simiyu  Worldwide, a good tax compliance score is a fundamental aspect for the smooth running of any business or any profession. Contrary to popular belief, tax compliance is not entirely defined by payment of taxes only. Filing of tax returns is equally an

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The Kenya Revenue Authority launched the 8th Corporate Plan 2021/2022 – 2023/2024

This Plan is the eighth in the life cycle of the Authority and runs under the Theme: Revenue Mobilization through tax simplification, technology-driven compliance and Tax Base expansion. In this Plan, the Vision remains to be ‘A globally trusted revenue agency facilitating tax and customs

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A Review of a report on publicly available Data Policies of Commercial Banks

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University has published a study of the Publicly Available Data Policies of Commercial Banks operating in Kenya in Relation to a Set Data Protection Standard. The report compares the banks’ data policy provisions against

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Clean energy for Healthcare

Energy efficient health care facilities hold great potential for creating stronger and more resilient healthcare systems. Such energy is vital to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals especially SDG 3 on good health and wellbeing as well as SDG 7 on affordable and clean energy

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Controversial UHC plan gets going

At the National Prayer Breakfast held at Parliament on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta asked MPs to fast track and approve the Bill for the implementation of Universal Health Coverage.  The National Hospital Insurance Fund (Amendment) Bill seeks to make it mandatory for any Kenyan who

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