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Sonko Mombasa bid a test for much more than Joho

Impeached Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has been the cause of a small-scale storm in Raila Odinga’s Azimio coalition. It initially seemed that Sonko had retired to Mombasa as an entrepreneur. He runs a club in the coastal city that he has worked to popularize on

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Economic Survey 2022: A look at ICT sector performance during and after the pandemic

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) recently released the Economic Survey 2022, detailing how various sectors and job markets performed and offered insight into the post Covid-19 recovery. Kenya’s economy rebounded in 2021 compared to 2020, with most sectors recording significant improvement. According to

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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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Climate Justice: Impact on key groups and what businesses can do to alleviate climate crisis

What is climate justice? “Climate justice” is a term that acknowledges climate change can have differing social, economic, public health, and other adverse impacts on underprivileged populations. This concept has emerged from the idea that historical responsibility for climate change lies with wealthy and powerful

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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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13th May 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Manufacturers protest new KRA fuel, beer tax powers Manufacturers want the proposed powers to exempt excisable goods like fuel, beer and bottled water from annual price rises due to inflation to be taken away from Kenya Revenue Authority to the lawmakers, citing conflict of

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13th May 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

Acts The County Governments Additional Allocations Act, 2022 National Assembly Bills, 2022 The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal (Amendment) Bill, 2022 PUBLIC SECTOR Appointments The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has gazetted the appointment of Prof.

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13th May 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Messages On Wednesday,  February 16, 2022, the National Assembly rejected the Wildlife Conservation (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bill No. 30 of 2020). Pursuant to the provisions of Article 112 of the Constitution, and standing order 149 of the NA standing orders, the Bill was

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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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13th May 2022 County Round Up

KIAMBU Speaker of the Kiambu County Assembly has gazetted notice that a special sitting of the Assembly shall be held in the Assembly Chamber in the Main Assembly Buildings, on Monday, May 16, 2022, for purposes of considering the Report of the Budget and Appropriations

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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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IEBC preparedness next on the radar

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission this week announced the start of the verification of the voters’ register, more than two months behind schedule.  The commission, abbreviated IEBC, is traditionally kept on its toes by the political parties through their party leaders and stakeholders such

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Pillars of Focus to Entrench Sustainable Living

Pillars of Focus to Entrench Sustainable Living Sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behaviour indefinitely in order to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. According to the International Union for Conservation

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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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6th May 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA  Economy grows fastest in 11 years on easing Covid curbs Kenya’s economy rebounded in 2021 to grow at the fastest pace in 11 years on easing of Covid-19 restrictions which boosted recovery in key sectors excluding agriculture whose activities were hit by poor rainfall.

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6th May 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

Acts The Kenya Deposit Insurance (Amendment) Act, 2022 Senate Bills 2022 The County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2022 National Assembly Bills 2022 The Kenya School of Law (Amendment) BIll, 2022 The Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill, 2022 The Finance Bill, 2022 The Legal Education (Amendment)

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6th May 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Currently on recess and due to resume regular sessions on Tuesday,  May 10, 2022. SENATE Communication from the Chair Passage of the Coffee Bill (Senate Bills No.22 of 2022) by the National Assembly. Papers Laid The Annual Report of the Office of the

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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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6th May 2022 County Round Up

EMBU  The CECM member for Trade, Tourism, Investment and Industrialization, Embu County, has appointed numerous persons to be members of the Sub-County Alcoholic Drinks Regulation Committees for a term of three (3) years from May 6, 2022.  

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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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Running mate dilemma postponed but cost of living issues persist

The camps of both leading presidential candidates put aside their rivalry this week to push a pliable electoral commission to extend the deadline for the submission of their running mates by 20 days.  While the names of the candidates and their mates were originally scheduled

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Recognising the youth during World Intellectual Property Day and what recordation entails for importers

The World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on April 26. Since the year 2000, the day is celebrated to raise awareness of the impact patents, copyright, trademarks and design have on our daily life. Intellectual Property (IP) rights are used to encourage innovation and

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Entrenching Occupational Health and Safety to Achieve Sustainability

At their most basic level, sustainability and safety are really about the same thing: conserving resources. In fact, they are intertwined with safety being an enabler towards building a sustainable business. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies are necessary for the achievement of several Sustainable

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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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28th April 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Safaricom gets Sh46bn loan for Addis licence  Standard Chartered Bank Kenya was one of the major banks that lent Safaricom a total of $400 million (Sh46.3 billion) last year, helping the telecom operator pay for its Ethiopian licence. “The $400 million facilities comprised a

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28th April 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY  Currently on recess and set to resume regular sessions on 10th May, 2022. However, the National Assembly convened a special sitting via an exceptional motion in honour of the third President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E the late Emilio Mwai Kibaki. SENATE

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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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28th April 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

Public Holidays The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, Fred Matiang’i has declared Friday  29th April, 2022  to be a public holiday throughout the Republic in order to accord all Kenyans the opportunity to participate in the State Funeral Service in honour

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28th April 2022 County Round Up

EMBU Speaker of the County Assembly of Embu has gazetted notice of a special sitting of the County Assembly on Thursday, 28th April, 2022 at 10.00 a.m. The business to be transacted at the Special Sitting shall be Approval Consideration of the Embu County Supplementary

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Future of work: Equipping the next generation with advanced IT skills

Kenya is poised to introduce coding for secondary and primary school students. This is after the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) approved a new syllabus that offers to equip children with coding skills. The rollout of the syllabus in Kenya will be a first

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Odinga’s stakeholders show their hand

Faced with pressure from different directions over a decision on his running mate, Raila Odinga this week resorted to a politically secure method – having the decision determined by a committee. While it had always seemed like Kalonzo Musyoka would return to the spot beside

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Data Privacy Certification: Establishment of Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules Forum and Resurrection of the Privacy Shield

On Thursday, April 21, 2022, US Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo issued a statement on the establishment of the Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) Forum. The forum consists of Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and the United States of

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EdTech: Deploying contemporary Information Technology solutions for Academic Delivery

By Paul Okanda The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many economic sectors and allowed a number of them to accelerate their hitherto slow adoption of information technology systems for efficient service delivery. One of the showcase emerging sectors remains education. This sector is now thriving with

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Reasons why Environmental, Social, and Governance is gaining traction among businesses

The United Nations 2030 global goals call for a decade of action which requires businesses to be agile and ensure that they look beyond profits to ensure a better future that leaves no one behind while contributing to climate action.  To achieve this, a lot

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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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22nd April 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA  Kenya delays talks on 15pc cut in power bills The State is yet to open talks for a review of power purchase agreements signed over the years by Kenya Power, signalling further delay of the promised electricity bill cut for homes and businesses by

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22nd April 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

National Assembly Bills, 2022 The Kenya Roads Board (Amendment) Bill, 2022 The Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2022 The Supreme Court (Amendment) Bill, 2022 The Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill, 2022 The Opticians Bill, 2022 Legislative Supplements, 2022 The Central Bank of Kenya (Digital Credit Providers) Regulations,

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22nd April 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Currently on recess and set to resume regular sessions on 10th May, 2022. SENATE Currently on recess and set to resume regular sessions on 26th April, 2022.

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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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22nd April 2022 County Round Up

KAKAMEGA  Governor of Kakamega County has appointed Prof. Laban Peter Ayiro to be the chairperson of the board of management for Kakamega County Water and Sanitation Company, for a period of seven (7) months, with effect from 1st June, 2022.  NAIROBI Governor of Nairobi City

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Details of the newly launched National Digital Master Plan expected to accelerate socio-economic growth

Information Communication Technologies are developing so quickly that there is a need to design a way to allow constant growth in the economic system and community. This is why the Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Mr Joe Mucheru,  launched the Kenya National

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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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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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Party leaders take on nominations

The reporting on the United Democratic Alliance nominations suggested that there was widespread chaos in parts of the 36 counties where the party headed by Deputy President William Ruto was holding its primaries.  The party’s top officials and communication team were however happy that they

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14th April 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Fuel prices to hit highest in Kenya’s history without subsidy Petrol prices will from midnight increase to the highest level in Kenya’s history unless the State subsidises the rising crude oil costs, which may further stoke public outrage over the high cost of living.

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14th April 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

PUBLIC SECTOR  Appointments President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, Uhuru Kenyatta, has appointed Dr James Mworia as the Chancellor of Machakos University for a period of five (5) years, with effect from the 23rd April, 2022. Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury and

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14th April 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Papers Laid The 2022/23 Annex of Estimates of Revenue Expenditure for State corporations of the government of Kenya for the Financial Year ending June 2023 from the National Treasury. Legal Notice No. 20 of 2022 relating to Engineers, Scale of Fees for the

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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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14th April 2022 County Round Up

MOMBASA Clerk for the County Assembly of Mombasa has gazetted the Calendar of the Assembly (Regular Sessions) 2022.  KISUMU Clerk for the County Assembly of Kisumu has gazetted the Calendar of the Assembly (Regular Sessions) 2022.  HOMA BAY The Executive Committee Member for Health Services,

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Raila, Ruto struggle to avoid nomination fallouts

Raila Odinga endured a tough day on Thursday as he worked to convince parties in the coalition that he would continue to cater to their interests as the nominations ahead of the General Election begin. Mr Odinga would end up making a U-turn on a

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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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A healthier tomorrow: Reflections of a KEMSA change agent

By Mary Mwadime The world has just celebrated World Health Day, which commemorates the  April 7, 1948 founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). This global organisation has played a vital role in advancing positive health outcomes. On this recent occasion, I spared some time

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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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The journey towards curbing single use plastics in Kenya

Plastic pollution is one of the most severe threats to the integrity of our planet’s health. Single-use plastics are polluting most ecosystems from rainforests to the world’s deepest ocean trench. Bangladesh became the first country to ban plastic bags in 2002; then, Morocco followed the

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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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8th April 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA  Taxpayers to deposit 50pc of disputed tax at CBK before suing KRA Firms and individuals fighting the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in courts over tax demands will have to deposit 50 percent of the disputed amount in a Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) account.

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8th April 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

Legislative Supplements, 2022 The Court of Appeal Rules. The Privileges and Immunities (World Customs Organization) (Amendment) Order, 2022. The Privileges and Immunities (Regional Youth Forum of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region) Order, 2022. The Export Processing Zones Act – Declaration of Export

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8th April 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Papers Laid Report of the Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security on its consideration of the Huduma Bill, 2021 (National Assembly No. 57 of 2021).  The 14th Edition of the Bi-Annual Report on the status of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Control in

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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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8th April 2022 County Round Up

NYANDARAUA Speaker, County Assembly of Nyandarua, has gazetted notice that the Nyandarua County Assembly shall have a special sitting on Tuesday, 12th April, 2022 at 10.00 a.m. in the Assembly Chambers at Ol Kalou.  NYERI Clerk, County Assembly of Nyeri, has gazetted the Calendar for

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After the death of BBI, the Finance Bill is the next battlefield

Every party took something from the judgement by the Supreme Court that ended the journey for the bid to amend the Constitution that started with the Building Bridges Initiative.    Those opposed to the bid, Deputy President William Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza group, took the

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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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Road to film and broadcast content regulation: KCFB’s proposed co-regulation framework and issues raised

The Kenya Film Classification Board seeks to assess the regulatory framework of the broadcast and Over The Top (OTT) and Video on Demand (VOD) in the country with a view to implement a co-regulation framework in a bid to ease business as well as create

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Tapping into new practices and technologies to enhance sustainable agriculture for food security

Agriculture is critical to the African economy, accounting for 23% of GDP and 49% of direct employment. This means that the continent’s output must thrive and meet the demands of its growing population. However, agriculture is also a major part of the climate problem. It currently generates 19–29% of

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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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1st April 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Monetary Policy Committee report indicates strong economic performance amid gnawing global pressure  The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met on March 29, 2022, against a backdrop of a changed global outlook with heightened geopolitical tensions, volatile commodity prices, the Covid-19 pandemic and measures taken by

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1st April 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

Legislative Supplements, 2022 The Interpretation and General Provisions Act – Delegation of Power. The Traffic Act—Exemption The Protected Areas (Energy Sector) Order, 2022 National Assembly Acts, 2022 The Kenya Roads (Amendment) Act, 2022 The Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) (Amendment) Act, 2022 The Asian

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1st April 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Papers Laid Legal Notice No. 46 relating to the Central Bank of Kenya Digital Credit providers Regulations of 2022. The Report of the status of the Kenyan economy for the period March 22nd from the National Treasury. The 14th Edition of the Bi-Annual

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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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1st April 2022 County Round Up

MAKUENI Governor of Makueni County, Kivutha Kibwana (Prof.), has appointed Redempta Kavindu to be the secretary of the Makueni County Public Service Board. TANA RIVER Governor of Tana River County, Major (rtd) Godhana Gaddae Dhadho (Dr.), has appointed various persons to be members of the

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Martha Karua solves one dilemma, others to come

Martha Karua this week announced her decision to join Raila Odinga’s Azimio movement, ending weeks of speculation about her political direction.  It was evident from Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s reaction that they had hoped to work with Ms Karua to deliver support for Deputy

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Data Commissioner calls for public comments on draft Alternative Dispute Resolution framework

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has called for comments from the public on its first draft Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) framework for data protection disputes.  The ADR, in the context of the framework, is a voluntary process of settling data protection disputes

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Microsoft launches premier African engineering hub in Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied by ICT CS Joe Mucheru, on Thursday evening, presided over the launch of Microsoft’s premier engineering hub, the Africa Development Centre (ADC).  The ADC, valued at Kshs. 3 billion ($27 million), is one of the largest software engineering facilities in Africa,

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Communications Authority releases draft guidelines to protect and keep children safe online

Digital access is no doubt double edged. On one hand it exposes children to a wealth of benefits and opportunities, but on the other a host of risks, including access to harmful content, sexual exploitation and abuse, cyber bullying, and misuse of their private information.

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Let us redefine the future of our planet by investing in environmental sustainability

By Eric Kiniti Water is a precious shared resource that is constantly under increasing pressure around the globe.  East Africa’s freshwater resources are among the lowest in the world. The United Nations World Water Development report 2018, shows that the freshwater resources have decreased by

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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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25th March 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Fertiliser crisis looms on Sh5.7bn subsidy row MPs want President Uhuru Kenyatta to order the reinstatement of a Sh5.7 billion fertiliser subsidy that the Treasury has removed from the supplementary budget. The legislators have threatened to paralyse the passage of the Sh138 billion mini-budget

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25th March 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

National Assembly Bills, 2022 The National Rating Bill, 2022. The Child Justice Bill, 2022 The National Land Commision (Amendment) Bill, 2022 PUBLIC SECTOR Appointments President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Dr Ole Mapelu Zakayo to be the Non-Executive Chairperson of the National AIDS Control Council, for

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25th March 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Communication from the Chair Speaker Justin Muturi made a communication on the request of Hon. John Mbadi to withdraw the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 58 of 2021) Papers laid: Legal Notice No. 32 relating to the Companies Beneficial Ownership

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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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25th March 2022 County Round Up

WEST POKOT  Governor of West Pokot County, John Krop Lonyangapuo (Prof), has appointed various persons to be members of the West Pokot County Executive Committee. MACHAKOS Governor of Machakos County, Alfred N. Mutua (Dr.), has appointed various persons to be members of the Machakos County

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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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Kenyans dig deeper into their pockets after fuel and LPG prices go up even as regulator seeks to control gas prices 

Rubis Energy recently released its reviewed prices of liquefied petroleum gas refills. Customers refilling a 13kg gas cylinder would have to part with Kshs 3,340 from the current price of Kshs 3,113 being an increase of over Kshs 200. Pricing of cooking gas is unregulated

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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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18th March 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

Both the National Assembly and Senate are currently in recess.

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Raila’s big three issues

As he travelled to the United Kingdom this week, Raila Odinga was hoping to outdo his main competitor, Deputy President William Ruto, but left behind a campaign in trouble just months to the elections.  Mr Odinga’s biggest headaches come from:  His running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka,

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Ruto ups the ante again

Deputy President William Ruto and his allies spent the past week in the Kiambu East region, starting from Thika earlier in the week and traversing through both Gatundu constituencies later.  Dr Ruto has decided to take the President head-on after his erstwhile ally openly showed

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18th March 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Banks abandon CBK’s SME mobile loans deal  Four lenders selected by the Central Bank of Kenya to give low-cost mobile loans to small businesses under a programme dubbed ‘Stawi’ have abandoned the deal. The Business Daily can reveal that the platform has not issued

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18th March 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

Legislative Supplements, 2022 The Companies (Beneficial Ownership Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2022. National Assembly Bills The Environmental Management and Coordination Bill, 2022. The Division of Revenue Bill, 2022. JUDICIARY Appointments The Chief Justice & President, Supreme Court of Kenya, Martha Koome, has appointed various persons to

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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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18th March 2022 County Round Up

 KAKAMEGA The County Assembly of Kakamega has published in the Kenya Gazette the Calendar of the Assembly (Regular Sessions) for the Sixth Session (2022). TRANS NZOIA The County Assembly of Trans Nzoia has published in the Kenya Gazette the approved Calendar of the Assembly (Regular

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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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OKA fights undermine Kalonzo’s resolve

Nick Salat, Kanu’s secretary-general, is not a diplomat. This was evident this week as he chided Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka for his apparent indecision over whether to join Raila Odinga’s Azimio. Mr Musyoka was initially thought to be a shoo-in to join Mr Odinga,

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