Political Round Up

30th September 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA High praise for President Ruto speech from awed MPs President William Ruto’s speech during a joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly drew a standing ovation from both sides of the political divide, save for pockets of MPs from Azimio la Umoja One

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16th September 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA ‘Shame on Judiciary’, says Raila in first speech since Supreme Court verdict Azimio La Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga has spoken publicly for the first time Thursday since the Supreme Court upheld the presidential election results, by lashing out at the verdict as

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2nd September 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Chebukati role: Lawyers disagree in petition row Lawyers representing electoral agency chairman Wafula Chebukati yesterday defended his role as the presidential election returning officer, citing a 2017 Supreme Court ruling they said provided clarity on the matter. Mr Chebukati’s role in the presidential election

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26th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Karua: 19 foreigners, two Kenyans helped rig election  The 2022 presidential election was rigged way before August 9 through 21 individuals— 19 foreigners and two Kenyans—who had access to the electoral agency’s technology, Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua

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19th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Raila Odinga’s grip on Coast weakened as William Ruto’s poll strategy pays off Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga may have won the vote battle in Coast, but President-elect William Ruto made significant inroads in the region the former

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12th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Swearing-in date of president-elect to be public holiday, Kinyua says The date of the swearing in of the president-elect will be declared a public holiday, Kinyua clarified, adding that the mandate of the committee will be triggered once the electoral commission formally announces a

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5th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru plotting to disrupt elections, William Ruto now says  Deputy President William Ruto Thursday launched a scathing attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta, accusing his boss of planning to disrupt the General Election set for Tuesday. The Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate claimed the president

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29th July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Ruto closing in on Raila lead, latest Tifa poll shows Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga is still the most popular presidential candidate at 46.7 percent, but Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto is closing in on him at 44.6 percent, a new Tifa opinion

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22nd July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Venezuelan found with IEBC stickers detained at airport  Preparations for the upcoming elections were Thursday thrown into confusion after customs officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) detained suspicious election material from a foreigner who had just arrived in the country. Venezuelan Comarco

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15th July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Inside UDA’s strategy to gain control of Parliament and the county assemblies  Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) will have a head start in the battle for control of the National Assembly, the Senate, County Assemblies and the Council of Governors. An

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8th July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Boycott election? Never, we’re not cowards, vows Azimio flagbearer Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has declared that his team will not boycott the August 9 General Election even as he exuded confidence that they would win by more than

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1st July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Raila heads to Migori, Ruto expected to unveil manifesto Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga will on Thursday take his campaigns to Migori county. His running mate Martha Karua will take the Azimio gospel to Kisii County. This is part of their planned five-day tour

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24th June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Why Ruto changed tune on his plan to abolish CBC Deputy President William Ruto has made a major turnabout on an earlier pledge to abolish the competency-based curriculum (CBC). Dr Ruto has instead promised a hybrid system of education if his Kenya Kwanza Alliance

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17th June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA DCI links Sakaja to global crime ring as ‘fake’ degree saga takes another twist  Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was Thursday night facing arrest after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said that he was a suspect in an international criminal syndicate even as his

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10th June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Block These People From Polls, EACC Tells Chebukati The anti-corruption watchdog Thursday put pressure on 241 aspirants facing integrity probes barred from contesting in the forthcoming General Election. However, efforts by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) were opposed by the electoral commission, which

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3rd June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Inside the deal that saw Kalonzo rejoin Azimio coalition Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has secured Cabinet slots and a commitment of law change to create the post of Prime Minister, which he will hold, should Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga form the next government.

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27th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA In the Iron Lady of Kenyan politics, a statement of belief Raila Odinga’s running mate Martha Karua has excited sections of the population, especially the millions of Kenyan women and young girls who see her as the embodiment of a promise come true. Whether

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20th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Fresh hurdle as Raila’s Azimio legality challenged in court Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party, one of the two major political formations in the lead-up to the August 9 elections, faces a fresh hurdle after two petitioners challenged its legality at the High

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13th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Mudavadi, Karua lead in running mate race, Wiper Party boss a distant second Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Narc Kenya colleague Martha Karua are the most preferred running mates for Deputy President William Ruto and his main challenger Raila Odinga,

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6th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru offers Kenneth and Sabina in search for Raila running mate Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr Peter Kenneth and Ms Martha Karua are among 20 individuals whose names have been submitted to a panel vetting running mate candidates for Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential

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28th April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Azimio, Kenya Kwanza allied MPs turn Kibaki sitting to political duel  A special sitting of the National Assembly to mourn former President Mwai Kibaki was reduced to a political duel between Azimio la Umoja, One Kenya and Kenya Kwanza coalitions. The sitting was called

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22nd April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Bloodbath: MCAs rejected in Ruto, Raila strongholds It was a bloodbath for a majority of Ward Reps in the strongholds of Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as voters rejected them in the party primaries last week. Almost 90 per

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14th April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA  Key races in Rift Valley, Mt Kenya as UDA holds primaries Politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto are today facing a fight for their political lives when the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) conducts nominations in 36 of the 47 counties, a logistical nightmare

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8th April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA  IEBC gets Sh22 billion extra for August elections The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been given an extra Sh21.7 billion to conduct the elections in August. The new funding, announced by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani while detailing his budget highlights

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1st April 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru’s own goal: How President’s hand in BBI campaign bungled initiative President Kenyatta seems to have scored an own goal in his quest to amend the Constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). This is after the Supreme Court held on Thursday that his

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25th March 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA MPs slash Sh500m from vaccine plant budget Parliament has slashed the budget set aside for building a factory in Kenya to make vaccines including for Covid-19 by Sh500 million. This is after the Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC) backed the Health Committee’s recommendation to

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18th March 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Make public coalition deal, Azimio parties now demand  Five disputes are derailing the Azimio la Umoja agreement, with protests by some parties about the document that named Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga the coalition’s presidential flag bearer. The Nation has established that

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11th March 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA  Nick Salat’s vitriol confounds OKA leaders  A fierce war of words broke out yesterday between allies of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi, exposing the growing rift in One Kenya Alliance (OKA) over plans to join Azimio la Umoja. Still reeling

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4th March 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA  Kenyan politics marred with blackmail, intimidation, Ruto tells Americans  Deputy President William Ruto has said that there is a lot of blackmail and intimidation ahead of the August 9 polls. Speaking at the Karson Institute for Race, Peace and Social Justice in Maryland, US,

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25th February 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Why Uhuru is Ruto’s new nightmare  President Uhuru Kenyatta’s aggressive performance on the political stage could upset his deputy’s strategy and potentially dismantle Kenya Kwanza’s political arithmetic. Uhuru on Wednesday began mobilising his Mt Kenya political backyard to support ODM leader Raila Odinga and

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18th February 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Kalonzo: OKA and Azimio in talks to form super alliance  Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has given the clearest hint that a deal between the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja could be sealed soon. Mr Kalonzo said although

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11th February 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Forget about Mt Kenya, Anne Waiguru tells Uhuru Kenyatta Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has vowed to teach President Kenyatta a political lesson in his Mt Kenya backyard for abandoning Deputy President William Ruto in the succession race. Once a close ally of the President,

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4th February 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Kimunya election bill causes online storm  The introduction of a Bill seeking to bring back manual transmission of election results, which was last used in 2007, has elicited mixed reactions on the internet since Wednesday, February 2,  and the better part of Thursday morning.

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28th January 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru’s assent to coalition parties bill opens new political battlefront  President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speedy assent to the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill has heralded a new political order that will see presidential contenders compete to form coalitions with rival camps, and potentially thrown the August

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21st January 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru bans scrap metal business over increased vandalism President Kenyatta has banned exports and dealings in scrap metal, hitting hard traders currently operating in the sector. Speaking at the National Police College in Kiganjo, Nyeri County,  during a passing out parade on Wednesday, Mr

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14th January 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA OKA principals snub Uhuru, Raila meeting with pro-handshake MPs One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals yesterday skipped a luncheon organised by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, reportedly scuttling the agenda of the State House meeting. The Standard has established that OKA principals

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7th January 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Whistleblowers to get 10pc of cash recovered  Whistleblowers whose disclosure results in the recovery of money or assets will get 10 percent of the cash or the value of the asset if MPs approve a new Bill. The Whistleblower Protection Bill seeks to establish

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17th December 2021 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Civil servants face Sh1m fine for failure to declare wealth by end year  Civil servants risk a Sh1 million fine or a jail term of two years if they fail to declare their wealth and that of their spouses and children ahead of the

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10th December 2021 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA No More Harambees for 2022 Elections Aspirants (Source: Daily Nation) Political aspirants will from 9th December not be allowed to participate in harambees for the benefit of others, thus ending a campaign issue that has fuelled conflict between Deputy President William Ruto and opposition

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3rd December 2021 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Mixed reactions greet Uhuru’s state of nation address  MPs expressed mixed reactions to President Kenyatta’s State of the Nation Address delivered to a joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday. Whereas pro-handshake lawmakers lauded the eighth address as comprehensive and giving hope to Kenyans, their

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26th November 2021 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA CMA bars ailing companies from share buybacks  The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has barred listed firms with negative equity from rolling out share buybacks, locking out cash-strapped companies from the process largely applied to correct perceived undervaluation of stock. The regulator has ruled that

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19th November 2021 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes (Amendment) Bill seeks to bar corrupt officials from public office (Source: Business Daily) State and public officers convicted of corruption or economic crimes will be permanently barred from vying for political seats or holding public office if the Anti-Corruption and

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12th November 2021 Political Round Up

KENYA Supreme Court directions on BBI appeals Key dates in summary 4th October to 5th November, 2021: First Mass voter registration 6th to 20th December, 2021: Second Mass voter registration in the diaspora to include South Sudan, USA, UK, Canada, Qatar, UAE 28th February, 2022:

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29th October Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AS TRIBUNAL CANCELS BALLOT TENDER The electoral commission has suffered a blow in its preparations for the 2022 elections after the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board issued the notice blocking the IEBC from awarding the contract for the supply

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22nd October 2021 Political and Regulatory Round Up

Government of Kenya develops Framework for One Stop Shop Service Delivery  The policy provides the execution framework for the establishment, operationalization, and management of the One-Stop-Shop Government Services. The policy is based on the need to achieve the constitutional principles of ensuring efficient, effective, accessible

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15th October 2021 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KRA ASSURES ON THE INCLUSIVE FRAMEWORK ON BASE EROSION AND PROFIT SHIFTING The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has allayed fears on the possible loss of revenue from multinational technology firms following the signing of an international Inclusive Framework to reform international tax rules. The fears

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