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Drawing positives from the recent KCSE results debacle

The recently released KCSE exam results have elicited both positive and negative reactions. On one hand, institutions and students who posted good results are in an exultant mood, and on the other, those who failed to meet their expectations are in a sombre mood. In

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Electoral reform agenda gets back on the table

Opposition boss Raila Odinga this week began piling the pressure on President William Ruto that he hopes will culminate in a discussion at the negotiating table. His plan, according to a media report, is to rally his supporters into mass action and civil disobedience. Mr

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27th January 2023 County Round Up

EMBU  The Governor of Embu County has appointed various persons as members of the Pending Bills committee.   KIAMBU The Governor of Kiambu County has appointed various persons as members of an ad hoc committee to consider and determine that the urban area of Kimende meets

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Significant Political Events of the week

The former CS for Education, Prof. George Magoha, passed away after a short illness at the age of 71. The Cabinet approved the proposal to implement new taxes on products that are imported into the country yet similar goods are being manufactured locally. Former IEBC

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27th January 2023 Parliamentary Round Up

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY The National Assembly adjourned on December 2, 2022,  for a two-month long Christmas break.  THE SENATE The senate had a special sitting on 19th January, where the Standing Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights considered  the Independent Electoral and Boundaries

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27th January 2023 Kenya Gazette

Legislative Supplements, 2022   The Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) (Amendment) Regulations, 2022  The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (Amendment) Act, 2023   Designation of Companies Registry   The Attorney-General has designated the establishment of 316, Upper Hill Chambers, to be the Companies Registry for

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27th January 2023 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya Banks’ Sh224bn record profits signal bonus, dividends boom Banks’ pre-tax profits for 11 months to November last year hit a record Sh223.7 billion on increased lending, setting the stage for a dividend windfall for owners when full-year results are announced in March. Central Bank

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27th January 2023 Political and Regulatory Round Up

 Kenya President Ruto’s doublespeak on opposition President William Ruto’s move to woo Jubilee Party MPs as he seeks an absolute majority in Parliament has exposed his doublespeak in regard to his calls for a vibrant opposition. Kenya Kwanza has gone on a charm offensive against

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Misuse and abuse of controlled substance: Measures for a drug-free future

A controlled substance is generally a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by a government, such as illicitly used drugs or prescription medications that are designated by law.  They are tightly controlled by the government because they may be abused or

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Entrenching sustainability in Kenya’s fashion industry: Brands that have taken a leap

Sustainable fashion is a movement and process of fostering change in fashion products and the fashion system towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. Sustainable fashion entails more than addressing fashion textiles or products. It comprises addressing the whole system of fashion. Sustainable fashion is

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New appointment at Safaricom board

Mr. Adil Khawaja (MBS) has been appointed the Chairman of the Board of Safaricom PLC, having been appointed director at the same entity earlier. Mr. Khawaja currently serves as the Managing Partner at Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews, and is a leading name in the

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Understanding the Cytonn Schemes under liquidation

After a recent court ruling on Cytonn’s two funds, the CEO, Mr. Edwin Dande, has had occasion to shed light on what happened with the two portfolios that are to be liquidated and the challenges attending to this process.  Cytonn High Yield Solutions (CHYS) and

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To fight alcoholism, govt must not ignore the economy and illicit drinks

President William Ruto recently made a pronouncement that it was high time the country fought against alcoholism. The President’s statement was as a result of the increased rate of alcohol and drug abuse in Central Kenya which has been attributed to unregulated alcohol selling joints. 

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Snooping on tax evaders: Balancing between protection of personal data and KRA’s bid to monitor transactions

As the world marks Data Privacy Day on 28th January 2023, Kenya has been busy this week with a series of activities organized by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) to commemorate the day. The week-long events will culminate in a two-day Data

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Meet Samir Ibrahim a new board member at KAR

Mr Ibrahim is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sunculture Kenya Limited, a climate, solar, agriculture, food systems and security, water, financing and Internet of Things firm. He is also an advisor to Ezra Venture Studio, a team and network of company builders and

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Meet Dr Fancy Too a new Board Member at KRA

Dr Too is the Director, Graduate Programs (LLM and LLD) at the Strathmore University Law School. She has also previously served as the Dean, Kabarak University Law School. In social service, Dr Too is the Chairperson of Kipteris Girls High School Board of Management. She

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Meet Wilkister Simiyu a new KRA Board Member

        Wilkister Simiyu Ms. Wilkister Simiyu is the Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services at the Kenya Seed Company. She has over 10 years’ work experience both as a practicing advocate and an in- house counsel having worked with Kitiwa &

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Significant Political Events of the week

On 18th January, In a gazette notice on Wednesday, Senate Speaker Amason Kingi recalled Senators for a special sitting on Thursday saying the lawmakers will consider the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2022. President William Ruto called on the East Africa Community (EAC)

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20th January 2023 Parliamentary Round Up

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY The National Assembly adjourned on December 2, 2022,  for a two-month long Christmas break.  THE SENATE The Senate adjourned on December 2, 2022,  for a two-month long Christmas break.

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20th January 2023 County Round Up

KISII Governor of Kisii County has extended the time of the Committee on Pending Bills Verification and Ineligible (Pending Bills) Resolution established vide Gazette Notice No. 14024 of 2022 for an additional period of thirty (30) days, with effect from the 3rd January, 2023.  

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20th January 2023 Kenya Gazette

 Legislative Supplements, 2022    The Insurance Act – Exemption The Water Act—Commencement of Section155, The Competition Act – Exclusions   Senate Bills, 2022   The Tea (Amendment) Bill, 2023 Konza Technopolis Bill, 2023 The Gambling Bill, 2022 The Supplementary Appropriation (No. 2) Bill, 2022  

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20th January 2023 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

  Kenya   Users allowed to sue Safaricom over clients’ bank details access  The High Court has allowed millions of Safaricom subscribers to join a class action suit against the telecoms operator over a clause in the SIM card registration rules that allows the firm

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20th January 2023 Political and Regulatory Round Up

 Kenya  Senators approve changes to IEBC law  Senators have approved the IEBC (Amendment) Bill 2022, the proposed law that seeks to change composition of the selection panel to recruit poll commissioners.  The legislators spent most of Thursday debating the Bill that will affect appointments of

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How well do development partners work together and follow country priorities to achieve the health SDGs?

Views from national governments and relevant authorities 52 national governments and relevant authorities provided their views on how well multilateral agencies and other development partners align to their national priorities and plans and collaborate with each other to increase efficiencies and avoid duplications when providing

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Fresh move to compel landlords to install solar water heating systems

If new regulations aimed at encouraging the adoption of renewable energies are approved, owners of all new and existing buildings risk spending six months in jail or paying a fine of Sh20,000 if they fail to incorporate designs for installation of solar water heaters.  

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Economy 2023: How Kenya is preparing for global economic shocks

In the last few years, the global economy has been trying to cope with multiple shocks and economic uncertainties. This has been elicited by the Covid-19 pandemic, political instability, climate change induced shocks and international conflicts. These effects may not end soon and have provided

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New leadership team at Kenya Revenue Authority KRA Board of Directors

The government has, in recent days, spared no effort or platform to confirm its commitment to economic transformation as outlined in the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto. Tax compliance is one of the critical planks featuring prominently in the economic transformation agenda. President William Ruto hardly misses

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ChatGPT issues: Regulations, policies and implications on fintech companies

Generative Pre-trained Transformer or ChatGPT as it is commonly referred to, is a chatbot launched by OpenAI, a company that develops Artificial Intelligence (AI) and natural language tools,  in November 2022. ChatGPT is an AI chatbot that uses advanced natural language processing to engage in

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Uproar over Zuku services call for guidelines to streamline Internet Service Providers

Zuku, an internet service provider owned by Wananchi Group, has recently faced sharp public criticism. The company received widespread backlash online from its customers over poor internet services. Zuku customers experienced internet outage, downtime, and slow speeds for an extended period. To further worsen the

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Possible solutions to the financial crisis in institutions of higher education

A recent feature in one of the dailies painted the dire picture depicting Egerton University’s financial distress. The university’s debt burden has escalated to KShs. 9 billion, while at the same time it struggles financially to run its functions. To drive a nail into the

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Transition to Junior Secondary School: Learning expected to start end of January

The much-awaited Junior Secondary School (JSS) transition has taken shape with the Ministry of Education making its recommendations over the same. This is amid confusion among stakeholders and parents over the efficiency and level of preparedness in schools. The Competency Based Curriculum has its pros

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Ministry performance targets: Implications in terms of costing, feasibility and opportunities

President William Samoei Ruto has set the tone for a new style of working that has caught his Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) and Permanent Secretaries (PSs) off guard. The laissez faire mode of operation common to many government officials who pay lip service during events and

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Ruto changing the game on management of government

President William Ruto’s victory at his first attempt and without the support of the incumbent proved his prowess in strategy. In the early days of his presidency, he is also proving to be a corporate strategist.  He started the year with a retreat for the

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Kenya demographic and health survey 2022 Key indicators report

The Kenya demographic and health survey  2022 shows that the average number of sexual partners are 2:3 among women and 7:4 among men in Kenya. Background The primary objective of the 2022 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey is to provide up-to- date estimates of demographic,

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13th January Kenya Gazette

Legislative Supplements, 2022     The Agricultural and Livestock Extension Services Bill, 2022     The Mung Beans Bill, 2022       The Startup Bill, 2020     The Marura (Ewaso Narok) Swamp Catchment Protection Area Order, 2022     The Manguo Swamp Groundwater Conservation

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Taming global warming: Light at the end of the tunnel as Ozone layer recovery on track

A recent report by the UN concluded that the Ozone layer is on track to recovery. This is a plausible milestone that has been made possible by all the sustainability enthusiasts who have been tirelessly spreading the gospel on climate change and the need for

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13th January County Round Up

  BOMET The Governor of Bomet County has gazetted the County Pending Bills Ad Hoc Committee, 2022, to verify and audit pending bills, advise and guide the county government on settlement of the said bills and prepare a report. BUSIA The Speaker of Busia County

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13th January Finger on the Pulse.

10th January Nairobi County Assembly Minority Leader Anthony Kiragu (UDA) bashed Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja on the ongoing tiff between him and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi held a crisis meeting with members of the County Assembly to end the row over

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13th January Parliamentary Round Up

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY The National Assembly adjourned on December 2, 2022,  for a two-month long Christmas break. On  December 8, there was a special sitting in the House. Among the issues Speaker Moses Wetangula said were to be transacted during the sitting were notification of

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13th January Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya State bursts recurrent budget forecast by Sh81.7bn President William Ruto’s administration projects expenditure for the day-to-day running of the government is Sh81.7 billion more than what the previous regime budgeted, pointing to piling spending pressures, including salaries and wages. The Treasury has forecast recurrent

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13th January Political and Regulatory Round Up

Kenya Olive branch? Raila urges Nyanza leaders to attend Ruto functions Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga has signalled a ceasefire with President William Ruto after he hosted Nyanza leaders on Wednesday and rallied them to welcome the Head of State in Homa

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Urgent action needed as acute malnutrition threatens the lives of millions of vulnerable children

12 January 2023/ News release United Nations agencies are calling for urgent action to protect the most vulnerable children in the 15 countries hardest hit by an unprecedented food and nutrition crisis. Conflict, climate shocks, the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, and rising costs of living

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ESG reporting: New Year likely to see more companies disclose their Environmental, Social and Governance impacts

The year 2023 has started well for us with a great deal of interest in our recently published Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. The growing interest by various players, many looking forward to learn from us, is a welcome development as ESG disclosure regulations

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Office of the Attorney-General in Kenya: Functions, powers and duties

The Office of the Attorney-General in Kenya dates back to 1906. Over the years, with successive governments, the powers changed and evolved until the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 which cemented the roles and functions of the Attorney-General. According to Article 156 of

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Cytonn’s dilemma in the face of liquidation order

A high court ruling in Kenya this week has ordered the liquidation of two funds owned by Cytonn Real Estate – Cytonn High Yields Solution (CHYS) and the Cytonn Real Estate Project Notes (CPN) – to recover Kshs 14 billion owed to 4,000 investors. Some

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Ruto administration to merge higher education funding and placement to enhance efficiency amidst row over bursaries in counties

President William Ruto has denounced claims that he plans to get rid of the Higher Education Loan Board (HELB). Speaking during an interview with journalists at State House, Nairobi, on Friday, January 6, he said his administration is geared towards strategic measures and solutions for

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Gachagua and Mudavadi: Duties, overlapping roles and likely outcomes

The Office of the President recently issued the first Executive Order of the year 2023. The Executive Order entails organisation of the Kenyan Government. The Executive Order comes after President William Ruto introduced the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary following his successful win in

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Digitisation of government services: The journey continues

The government’s aim to transition at least 90% of government services online seems closer than ever. 5,000 services are set to be digitised within the next six months. To this end, 300 services have been digitised.  Although it will be difficult to digitise 5,000 services

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Tricky role for Gachagua in new order

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was this week handed the responsibility of handling relations between the county and national governments, putting him in charge of a tricky but important role. The Deputy President is by default the head of the Inter-Governmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC),

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16th December 2022 County Round Up

LAMU The Governor has appointed various persons for the position of the County Executive Committee Member. KAKAMEGA The Governor has appointed various persons to be members of the County Executive Committee of the County Government of Kakamega with effect from December 7, 2022.   The

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Significant Political Events of the week

On Tuesday, December 13 Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi Jiir was compelled to give an explanation on how he won the hotly contested August 9 polls. On Wednesday, December 14 President William Ruto said that his administration will partner with Google in the digitisation of government

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16th December 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

Key House highlights of the year In 2022, the National Assembly and the Senate considered various businesses in their respective order papers.  As 2022 comes to an end, below is a summary of crucial businesses that were transacted in both Houses: MOTIONS Below are some

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16th December 2022 Kenya Gazette

Commission of Revenue Allocation Appointments     President William Ruto has appointed Muasya Mutiso, Wilfred Koitamet Olekina Nchoshoi, Fatuma Gedi Ali, George Jalango Midiwo (Dr.), Hadija Nganyi Juma, Isabel Nyambura Waiyaki (Dr.), Jonas Misto Vincent Kuko, Chris Kiptoo (Dr.), to be members of the Commission

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16th December 2022 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya KRA in dilemma over Ruto directive on seizing property The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) faces a legal dilemma in the wake of President William Ruto’s directive to the taxman to go slow on issuing distress orders that trigger asset seizures of suspected tax evaders.

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16th December 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Ruto secures bag of goodies on US tour President William Ruto has called on the US to review its economic partnership with Africa, saying the latter must be regarded as an investment destination rather than a market for finished goods, even as he sealed

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Accelerated action needed to ensure safe drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene for all

14 December 2022 / News release Urgent action is needed globally and locally to achieve safe and sustainably managed water, sanitation and hygiene for all in order to prevent devastating impacts on the health of millions of people. Findings from WHO and UN-Water’s Global Analysis

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Tips on how to celebrate this festive season sustainably

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year that brings family and friends together to celebrate. Yet, with all the gifts, decorations and feasting, it can also be an expensive and wasteful holiday. Fortunately, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday season more sustainably. 

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WHICH WAY THE HUSTLER FUND?

The Kenya Kwanza Government rode to office largely on the hope that millions of enterprising Kenyans within the MSME space will get an opportunity to change their fortunes. The now-christened “Hustler Fund” has been touted by its supporters as the foundational niche to spur economic

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Small businesses and the digital economy: Addressing challenges to bridge the gap

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) released a policy brief on micro and small enterprises’ participation in Kenya’s digital economy. It explored challenges that MSEs face in the digital economy. The study considered four categories of digital technologies; that is connectivity; digitisation and automation

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The year in review: Highlights of key legislative and policy updates

The year 2022 saw the introduction of several legislative and regulatory updates. Similarly, Kenya launched some notable policies and strategies whose implementation will impact both the private and public sectors. As 2022 draws to a close, we look back at some of the key legislative

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Forecast 2023: Tech innovations to expect in Kenya

Kenya ranks among the top digital and tech economies in Africa. This is as a result of its advancement in the development of large-scale ICT infrastructure, broadband connectivity, and other digital services. Often referred to as Africa’s Silicon Savannah, Kenya is the regional ICT hub

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2023 Economic Look Out

What will the New Year usher in, in emerging markets and in Kenya? From an economic perspective, the following is expected in emerging markets:   GDP Growth  Global economic experts appear to be in agreement that there will be an economic growth slowdown but it

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Another attempt to change the 2010 Constitution months after BBI blow

A genuine attempt at a constitutional amendment to placate the fledgling opposition and do right with the women base or a red-herring to distract Kenyans and buy to time for his administration that is facing a myriad of challenges as it clocks 100 days? These

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9th December 2022 Finger on the Pulse

On Monday, December 5, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi arrived in London ahead of the Commonwealth Trade and Investment Summit. On Tuesday, December 6,  Senators visited Kenyatta National Hospital as the inquest into the death of baby Travis Maina continued.    CEC members for Nairobi County

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9th December 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY The National Assembly adjourned on December 2 for a two-month-long Christmas break. On  December 8, there was a special sitting in the House. Among the issues Speaker Moses Wetangula said were to be transacted during the sitting were notification of a special

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9th December 2022 Kenya Gazette

PUBLIC SECTOR Appointments: Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration, Kithure Kindiki, has appointed: Silas K. Sachida, Masika M. Mukuyuni, Geoffrey Wanyoike, and Moses Mucheru Hopkins M. Hoyt to be fingerprint experts.   Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development, Zachariah Njeru,

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9th December 2022 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya KRA starts crackdown on hidden employee perks The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has started a crackdown on firms under-declaring their payrolls in what will see thousands of employees pay taxes on items like overtime, leave pay and per diems. The taxman is targeting a

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9th December 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA   Ruto’s Hustler Fund challenged in court   The government’s decision to establish the Sh50 billion Hustler Fund has been challenged in court by two civilians who claim that the kitty is illegal and an avenue to loot public coffers.   The petitioners, Mr

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WHO Member States agree to develop zero draft of legally binding pandemic accord in early 2023

7 December 2022 / News release / Geneva   Member States of the World Health Organization today agreed to develop the first draft of a legally binding agreement designed to protect the world from future pandemics. This “zero draft” of the pandemic accord, rooted in

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Tips for mainstreaming sustainability among employees

To enjoy success, every organisation must ensure that its employees understand, own, and support its sustainability agenda. Companies must, therefore, engage their employees and carry them along the journey as ambassadors and champions of the sustainability agenda. As Doug Conant – former President and CEO

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Enter Fractional Share Ownership in Kenya: What you need to know about fractional investing

Fractional shareholding allows a person to purchase a piece, or a fraction of a share.  For example, if one share costs KSh 500, a person could buy a proportion of that say for KSh 250 while another person buys the remainder for KSh 250. Each

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Taxing the digital economy: Indepth look at DST, loopholes and how to get it right

The global economy has gone digital. This has increased the issue of tax avoidance and tax equity and sparked an increase in digital taxes worldwide, therefore increasing the number of challenges to trade law. Kenya is one of the nations that have rolled out a

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Kenya’s Digital Agenda: Journey towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Kenya will be marking its 59th Independence Day on Monday, December 12, 2022. This year’s Jamhuri Day Celebrations, dubbed “Innovation Jamhuri Day,” will focus on technology and innovation. A departure from prior years’ celebrations, this year’s Jamhuri is poised to look back at Kenya’s digital

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Raila’s call for protest rallies stirs Ruto government

Azimio calls for a ‘People’s Dialogue Forum’ as a way of putting the nascent Wiliam Ruto administration in check has raised political temperatures in the country months after the August 2022 General Election. The opposition outfit led by Raila Odinga which lost in the bitterly

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A stitch in time to tame doping saves Kenya from global athletics ban

The Kenyan government pledged to provide an additional $5 million a year for the next five years to strengthen Kenya’s anti-doping programmes. This proved to be the magic bullet that saw Kenyan athletics survive the looming global ban from World Athletics due to a flood

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A shot in the arm for digital literacy after Huawei joins ITU

Digital literacy has been the new normal with a bunch of companies and enterprises opening avenues to ensure that their clients and users of their products and services, explore and gain more information about their products and services with ease. This has seen some companies

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2nd December 2022: County Round Up

BUSIA The Governor has gazetted the names of members of the County Executive Committee, County Secretary and the County Attorney to be responsible for the matters specified in the second column of the Schedule therein, with effect from the November 8, 2022. THARAKA NITHI The

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Finger on the Pulse

On Monday 28th     President William Ruto assured Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja of his unwavering support in ensuring nightclubs within residential areas are closed down.     President Ruto called for peace from the Azimio la Umoja coalition. He urged the members to criticize

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2nd December 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

29th November THE SENATE MOTIONS Integrating climate education into the national education curriculum. Drought and hunger mitigation in Turkana County. Enhancing highway safety and convenience. PETITION Petition to the Senate by residents of Kawino North location in Kisumu County, concerning the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission

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2nd December 2022 Kenya Gazette

Legislative Supplements, 2022 The Public Finance Management (Financial Inclusion Fund) Regulations, 2022     The Statutory Instruments (Exemption from Expiry) Regulations, 2022     The Special Economic Zones Act—Declaration of Special Economic Zone     The Competition Act—Exclusion APPOINTMENT OF TRIBUNAL The National Assembly has

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2nd December 2022 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya Equity’s takeover of Spire the best way out, says CBK Equity Bank’s plan to buy struggling Spire Bank is the best deal available in the market, the Central Bank of Kenya told Parliament yesterday. CBK governor Patrick Njoroge told MPs that the deal is

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2nd December 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA   End of an era for Uhuru Principal Secretaries   The reign of former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Principal Secretaries comes to an end today as those appointed by President William Ruto take over.   The new PSs will be sworn in from 7a.m. today

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WHO calls on the global community to equalize the HIV response

On 1 December, World AIDS Day 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on global leaders and citizens to boldly recognize and address the inequalities that are holding back progress in attaining the global goal to end AIDS by 2030. WHO is joining global

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CREATING AN INCLUSIVE COMPANY OR BUSINESS

This Saturday, 3rd December 2022, we’ll be celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – a day observed to increase awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disability. The day also provides the avenue to evaluate our progress in terms of empowering PWDs and

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Calls to lift Mau Forest caveats akin to walking a tightrope

The Mau Forest Complex is located about 170km north-west of Nairobi. The forest is the largest remaining indigenous forest in Kenya. It covers over 400,000 hectares, and is the largest of the country’s five water towers as well as the largest closed-canopy forest ecosystem. The

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Hustler Fund launch: The loopholes sealed and opportunities for financial services providers

The Hustler Fund (also known as the Financial Inclusion Fund) was launched this week. This is a flagship project of the Kenya Kwanza government established to disburse low interest rate credit to ‘hustlers’ through digital means. The term ‘hustlers’ refers to those in the informal

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25th November 2022 Keeping the Finger on the Pulse

Post- Election Snapshot On Monday 21st, The Employment Court extended orders issued last week stopping the PS nominees’ vetting. Justice Nduma Nderi extended the order to next Tuesday when he will deliver a ruling on the issue of jurisdiction that was raised by the National

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25th November 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

Tuesday 22nd November; The Senate MOTION   The County Governments Additional Allocations (No. 2) Bill (Senate bills No. 4 of 2022) (Resumption of debate interrupted on Thursday, November 17, 2022 – Afternoon Sitting)     Integrating Climate Education into the National Education Curriculum.    

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25th November 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA MPs back push for private land holding caps Parliament has approved a fresh attempt to have the government cap the size of land an individual can hold. MPs have backed a proposal that seeks to compel the Ministry of Lands to make rules and

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WHO to identify pathogens that could cause future outbreaks and pandemics

WHO is launching a global scientific process to update the list of priority pathogens—agents that can cause outbreaks or pandemics—to guide global investment, research and development (R&D), especially in vaccines, tests and treatments. Starting with a meeting held last Friday, 18 November, WHO is convening

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COP27: Key outcomes for food, forests, land, and wildlife at COP27 in Egypt

The backdrop for this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference was a continent still suffering from multi-year droughts and record-high levels of hunger. The “Koronivia work programme” gave agriculture and food security, which were feared to be at risk of being dropped from the climate

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Pertinent issues that need to be addressed as grade 6 pupils transition to junior secondary in 2023

Parents and stakeholders in the Ministry of Education have been in a tussle for awhile now as they all try to come up with best measures to actualise the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). While some feel that CBC is of great importance especially to their

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How social platforms are eating into media space and the implications on public policy

When Jurgen Habermas, a German philosopher, wrote about the public sphere, he conceived of it as a space where people can share opinions and thoughts freely in support of the democratic process. The state is, however, not part of the public sphere which has the

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GBV: Unlearning retrogressive values and practices for the promotion of gender equality By Wangui Gichohi-Njoroge

Violence against women, as defined by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, is any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suf­fering to women, including threats of such acts, whether occurring in

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Climate conference takeaways: Key outcomes from COP27 and the next steps as we head to COP28

Discussions over establishing a “new collective quantifiable target on climate finance” for 2024, taking into account the requirements and interests of poor nations, took place during COP27. The conversations focused on ways to overcome climate problems and how to give the funding, resources, and instruments

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As it starts working, Ruto administration walks a fine line

A familiar scenario has played out in the last two weeks. Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria said he would be issuing the legal instruments needed to allow duty-free maize imports and a few days later, a ship with 10,000 tons of maize docked

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Broadening the tax base: A look at Financial Derivatives Regulations 2022

In the financial year 2022/23, Kenya government revenues are projected to increase to Ksh 2.4 trillion (17% of GDP), an increase from the Ksh 2.06 trillion (16.3 percent of GDP) collected in the year ended June 2022. This is slightly above the developing country’s average

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WHO and FP2030 to strengthen cooperation for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Meeting on the sidelines of the International Conference on Family Planning in Thailand, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Special Research Programme HRP, and FP2030 today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to strengthen collaboration on sexual and reproductive health and rights – 

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18th November 2022 County Round Up

Meru The Governor of Meru County appoints the following to be members of the County Executive Committee: Kisii The Governor of Kisii County has appointed the following to be members of the Kisii County Executive Committee: Migori A gazette notice has been given on the

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18th November 2022 Finger on the Pulse

Significant Political events of the week On Monday 14th November, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja questioned the county’s legal pending bills worth Sh21 billion. Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi defended the performance of Kenya Kwanza administration assuring Kenyans that things would take shape with time. Reports

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