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
Injecting professionalism in public service at the Presidency While recently announcing his Cabinet nominees, President William Ruto adjusted his government’s structure, including creating six advisory offices. The six nonpolitical offices functionally domiciled in the President’s office have been tasked to provide independent advisory services to
The significant Political Events of the week On Tuesday, October 11, Members of the National Assembly approved nine members to sit in the House Business Committee. On Wednesday, October 12, 1. The Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew the Sh19 million graft charges against
There has been a delay in coming up with President Ruto’s government structure which has led to delayed service delivery. The President named his Cabinet’s nominees awaiting vetting by the National Assembly which has already formed the House Business Committee and the Committee on Appointment
Joint News Release New global WHO guidelines on mental health at work are reinforced by practical strategies outlined in a joint WHO/ILO policy brief. WHO and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have called for concrete actions to address mental health concerns in the working population.
Traders and transporters who were disadvantaged by the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and Naivasha dry port, can now smile after President William Ruto reverted most operations to the Mombasa Port. President Kenyatta had ordered that most cargo landing in Mombasa be ferried to Naivasha for
There has been much debate about the Shamba System over the past few days following remarks made by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua regarding reintroducing the controversial system. What is a Shamba System? The word shamba in Kiswahili means a farm. As the name suggests, under
President William Ruto has hit the ground running at a fast pace that has left many impressed at his energy and commitment to execute his manifesto. In the past week, President Ruto has signaled a different approach to life at State House by inviting clergymen
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is critical for the achievement of the country’s development goals. It provides information on implementation progress of a programme/project and the extent to which an intervention is realising its intended results. M&E thus provides important information in a continuous learning process
What is Adjustment for Inflation? The Excise Duty Act and Miscellaneous Fees and Levies Act provides for the Commissioner-General of the Kenya Revenue Authority, by Gazette Notice, to adjust the specific rate of excise duty every two years to take into account inflation. Recently, the
President Ruto in his maiden speech during his inauguration promised to lower the price of fertiliser from the current KSh 6,500 to KSh 3,500 for a 50kg bag. A week later, the government set aside KSh 3.5 billion to subsidise 71,000 tons of fertiliser to
During President Ruto’s inauguration speech on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, he noted that his campaign team had received complaints from traders about the onerous burden involved in cash transactions exceeding KSh 1 million. He further asserted that many of them have reverted to storing money
Following the inauguration of Dr William Samoei Ruto on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, as President, he is now widely expected to release an executive order outlining the organisation of his government. The executive order to be released by President Ruto will supersede any other Executive
The decision by the new administration to deny the media the rights to livestream the inauguration of President William Ruto has marked the start of a rocky relationship with the Fourth Estate. Last weekend, the media was up in arms over the directive that they
The Kenya Kwanza coalition will need to develop close to 200 policy instruments to implement its manifesto if it manages to take over the Government. An analysis of its key interventions by Vellum indicates that the coalition would need to implement 195 policy instruments to
Kenya ranked 116th out of 193 countries in the UN E-Government Development Index 2020 and has been on a steady journey towards embodying full digital transformation. In light of the advancements made by the Kenyan government, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), Estonian Centre for
The biggest surprise in the Cabinet resignations earlier in the week is perhaps the low number of Cabinet Secretaries that resigned. It had earlier been rumoured that more than half of Cabinet Secretaries would resign with a majority being allied to DP William Ruto’s United
Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka was earlier this week given the greenlight by his Wiper party to negotiate pre-election deals. Not that he needed permission, as he has nevertheless been approached and is still in the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), but he has over time
While The Standard had published a story about it before, the visit by activists Boniface Mwangi and Hussein Khalid to the banks of River Yala have once again thrown the spotlight on suspected extrajudicial killings in Kenya. The activists reported that since July 2021, a
In the week he fired a broadside at the Judiciary, President Uhuru Kenyatta also dared the same arm of Government to what will be a long debate by appointing a section of the 41 judges he had refused to do. He left out six of
The death of Dr Stephen Mogusu from Covid-19 complications once more exposed massive gaps in the way the Government treats its essential workers. Red tape could have been blamed for the fact that he had remained unpaid for five months – some civil servants wait
The graft war in Kenya, a legacy carried by President Uhuru Kenyatta to date, is perhaps a war that needs public support as the government reigns in on corrupt individuals and corporates.
Political analysts and the general public have been skeptical on the government’s stand on corruption. While some have termed it ‘political theatrics’, others have their eyes fixed on whether the end will lead to convictions. The government however, has its eyes fixed on recovery of all assets from graft cases.
The Public Service Superannuation Scheme Act, 2012, was assented to on 9th May 2012. The Act established the contributory Public Service Superannuation Scheme (PSSS) to provide retirement benefits to public servants. The law requires that the Cabinet Secretary appoints and gazettes the commencement date of the scheme. Despite numerous challenges that has occasioned the delay, the Cabinet Secretary gazetted the 1st January, 2021 as the commencement date of the Act.