President Ruto presides over groundbreaking of Talanta Sports City President William Ruto on Friday presided over the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of Talanta Sports Stadium. The event took place at the Jamhuri Grounds on Ngong Road. The 60,000-capacity stadium is one of the host

Kenya Puzzle of counties running 1,400 illegal bank accounts County governments are operating more than 1,400 accounts in Kenyan commercial banks, in breach of the law that requires them to hold their cash at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). The Controller of Budget has

Kenya Violence rocks Haiti as Prime Minister visits Kenya Haiti’s Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, visited Kenya in a bid to sort out issues that have stalled the deployment of Kenyan police officers to the troubled country. This was revealed by Prime Minister Henry’s Office on

Kenya’s financial cycle relies on the budget process, which begins with the budget-making process. The budget process is guided by the budget calendar issued by the National Treasury and Economic Planning ministry, which stipulates timelines for several key activities to be undertaken to finalise the

The Central Bank of Kenya released the Agriculture Sector Survey for January 2024,  highlighting the sector’s significant contribution to the country’s economy. Accounting for an estimated 33% of the GDP, agriculture serves as the backbone of Kenya, playing a vital role in generating foreign exchange

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) in January 2024 published a financial and economic analysis of the Affordable Housing Bill, 2023 (the Bill). The PBO in its analysis raised several issues and concerns on the potential implementation of the Bill in the event it was assented

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) conducts a Market Perceptions Survey before each Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting to gather insights from banks and non-bank private sector firms regarding various economic indicators such as inflation, economic growth, credit demand, and exchange rates. The survey aims

The National Assembly and the Senate adjourned their sittings on Thursday, 7th December 2023, for the long December recess. Both Houses will resume on Tuesday, 13th February 2024.

The Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) in November 2023 released a Legal Notice which set the minimum wage for private security officers at Kshs.30,000 per month. While this was a move that was highly welcomed by the private security guards in the country, their employers

The East African Community (EAC), whose slogan is One People, One Destiny, was established to foster cooperation among the partner states, which comprise Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, the Federal Republic of Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The cooperation was to

Introduction The Affordable Housing Bill 2023 (the Bill) was tabled in the National Assembly for its first reading on 7th December 2023 and referred to the Departmental Committee on Housing, Urban Planning and Public Works and Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning for consideration

The year 2023 saw the introduction of several legislative and regulatory updates in Kenya. Notably, as the year ends, various notable legislative and regulatory policies and strategies are scheduled to be implemented in the coming year.  Implementation of these proposed changes in law will likely

The year 2023 has been marked by significant legislative and policy developments in Kenya, shaping the landscape for both private and public sectors. As we conclude this year, let’s revisit the key highlights and milestones that unfolded, with a particular focus on insights covered by

National Assembly Tuesday 5th December, 2023 (Afternoon session) Motion Report of the Committee of the Whole House on The National Lottery Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 69 of 2023).  Sessional Paper No. 2 of 2023 on the National Tax Policy Reports of The Auditor-General on

Introduction In giving effect to Article 43 (1) (a) of the Constitution, the government has overseen the enactment of the Social Health Insurance Act, 2023. The Act seeks to establish a framework for the management of social health insurance by entrenching the right to health

Kenya Sugar factories roar to life again on December 1 Sugar millers are set to be re-opened on December 1 more than four months after they were ordered shut after most were accused of harvesting immature cane. It is good news for sugar cane farmers

Kenya Double hurdle for William Ruto, Raila Odinga talks as deadline approaches Allies of President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday maintained hardline positions ahead of a crucial meeting with National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u this morning on tax matters. The

The Republic of Congo was the initiator of the alliance of the three basins, Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong-Southeast Asia in 2011. The Congo Basin represents the second largest tropical forest in the world in terms of area, after the Amazon Basin. This vast forest of

Sabina Chege, Kanini Kega MP slots in the balance as Uhuru goes after Jubilee rebels Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta has signalled a purge against Jubilee Party rebels by ordering that they be removed from parliamentary committees just a day after succeeding in ousting nominated MP

    Kenya Treasury cuts development, inflates budget by Sh187bn President William Ruto’s administration has cut development expenditure but increased its maiden budget by Sh187.3 billion in an effort to confront economic headwinds related to missed tax targets, huge debt repayment obligations and spending pressures

    Kenya Sabina Chege, Kanini Kega MP slots in the balance as Uhuru goes after Jubilee rebels Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta has signalled a purge against Jubilee Party rebels by ordering that they be removed from parliamentary committees just a day after succeeding in

Kenyan President Ruto’s recent visit to Beijing, China, for the third Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit took centre stage this week. China’s President Xi Jinping, the host, delivered a keynote address stating that BRI was akin to a Western-led development and highlighted its mission

This year’s Mashujaa Day theme is premised on universal health care. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines universal health coverage (UHC) to mean all people having access to the full range of quality health services needed without financial hardship. It covers the full range of

KAJIADO The Governor has reappointed various persons to be members of the Kajiado County Environment Committee, for a period of three (3) years, effective from 1st July 2023. NYERI ·       The Governor has appointed several persons to serve on the Boards of

Presidential Appointments The President of the Republic of Kenya made the following appointments;   Dr. Simon Gicharu as the Chairperson of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from the 13th of October, 2023. The appointment of

National Assembly Wednesday 11th October, 2023 – Morning Sitting Motions       Review of The Scope of Education Bursary Scheme Under NG-CDF and Capitation For Learners in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools       Expansion of Drug and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Centres  

President William Ruto directed ministries to cut their FY 2023/2024 budgets by 10% to align expenditures with available resources amidst the global economic stress.   President Ruto reorganised the Executive, realigning Ministries, State departments, and Kenya’s Foreign Service to optimise performance and service delivery.  

Kenya Emirati company gets majority stake in Telkom on Helios exit A United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based firm will take up a majority stake in Telkom Kenya from London’s Helios Investment Partners, marking the latest twist in the deal room of the loss-making telco. The Treasury

Kenya Musalia Mudavadi assigned Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ruto’s first Cabinet reshuffle President William Ruto has reshuffled his Cabinet, giving Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi more roles and responsibilities. Mr. Mudavadi will now double as Foreign and Diaspora Affairs CS after Alfred Mutua was

National Assembly Tuesday 3rd October 2023 Bills     The Facilities Improvement Financing Bill (Senate Bill No. 43 of 2023)       The Primary Health Care Bill (Senate Bill No. 44 of 2023)       The Legal Aid (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill

Introduction The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to mean that all people have access to the full range of quality health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship. It covers the full range of essential health

The theme for the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) attended by global leaders in New York is “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and the sustainability

The G20 Summit was recently concluded with its members including the African Union meeting in India’s capital city New Delhi. The climax of this year’s G20 Summit was the G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration which recognized the importance of sustainable biofuels in zero and low-emission

  Significant Political Events of the Week ODM expels Jalang’o and 4 other MPs, survivors given hefty fines of up to Sh1 million After a crucial meeting chaired by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) announced the expulsion

Kenya Inside the multi-million dollar deals at the Nairobi climate summit Kenya and other African countries struck climate-related financing deals worth $23 billion (Sh3.36 trillion) at the just-ended inaugural climate summit held in Nairobi, giving the continent’s green investments plans a shot in the arm.

Kenya Tom Ojienda heads to court to challenge expulsion from ODM party In what is seen as a precursor to a protracted legal battle, Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda has sought documentary evidence from the Orange party that expelled him for allegedly collaborating with President William

The African Climate Summit organised by the African Union was the highlight of Africa’s role in climate action. This week, Kenya made headlines as it hosted global leaders, private sectors, banks, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society organisations at KICC, Nairobi. The pressing issues discussed at

Senate Special Sitting Tuesday 29th August 2023 BILLS       The Climate Change (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bills No. 42 of 2023).       The Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bills No. 16 of 2023). MOTIONS       Establishment of

The Africa Climate Summit is scheduled for next week, from 4th to 6th September. The theme of the Summit is ‘Driving Green Growth & Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World.’ African leaders have on different international platforms advanced the case of Africa’s ability

Growth of the nighttime economy is integral to the overall growth of the economy. Growth of nighttime visitations in urban areas is precipitated by the blend of retail, commercial, industrial, residential, institutional, and recreational activities. Some of the places that host these nighttime activities include

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently pulled out of a renewal agreement deal entered into on 22nd July 2022. The deal, witnessed by UN President António  Guterres, is between Russia, Ukraine and Turkey on the Black Sea Grain Initiative (BSGI). The deal enabled Ukraine to resume

The Court of Appeal has delivered a ruling lifting the conservatory orders that stopped the implementation of the Finance Act, 2023. This allows for the collection of the taxes contemplated under the Finance Act, 2023.   Focus on President Ruto and Azimio coalition leader Raila

  Last week, the 5th Mid-Year Coordination Meeting (MYCM) was held at the United Nations African headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi. The Summit witnessed a remarkable gathering of 51 foreign ministers from the African Union (AU) member states, accompanied by 15 heads of states and an

After President William Ruto assented to the Finance Bill, 2023, on June 6, the bill became law. This meant that some of the provisions of the law were to take immediate effect from July 1, 2023, while some would become effective in September and others

President William Ruto has severally made public statements on Kenya’s commitment to going 100% green by 2030, a move that has been lauded by many. Going green for Kenya means investing in green energy which includes promoting green manufacturing, sustainable agriculture, eco-friendly urbanisation, and green

President William Ruto attended the New Global Financial Pact Summit held in Paris, France. The summit sought to address a a range of objectives, including but not limited to the following: Restoring fiscal space to countries facing short-term difficulties, especially the most indebted countries. Promoting

Monday 12th June 2023 Kiambu Deputy Speaker John Njue was arrested for demanding Ksh.130,000 bribe. Police raid distillery and seize Ksh.300,000 counterfeit liquor and KRA stickers in Juja. Tuesday 13th June 2023 Eight Kenya Defence Forces officers were killed in an IED attack in Lamu.

Highlights of the Finance Bill, 2023 The Finance Bill, 2023 has made several proposals in various sectors and sub-sectors that play a major role in spurring Kenya’s economic growth. Some of these sectors include but are not limited to manufacturing, digital and creative economy, climate

The second session of the United Nations Habitat Assembly has been underway this week, bringing together several heads of state, representatives from member states, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders from across the globe. The event drew participants to the UN-Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi, where

The negative impact on climate change by human activities has been a topic of discussion for a long time. Advancement of technology led to new methods of exploration and use of energy resources. Parties to the Paris Agreement committed to pursuing efforts that will see

Earlier this month the High Court in London dismissed a climate-based lawsuit against the Board of Directors of Shell company for failure to act responsibly in strengthening the company’s energy transition strategy. The court in its ruling argued that the principal role of directors is

The National Treasury recently published the Third Quarter report for the financial year 2022/2023 per the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act, 2015. Below are some of the highlights of the Report.    Economic Growth   The report reveals that economic growth witnessed in

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) recently published the Economic Survey 2023. Economic surveys are aimed at promoting a better understanding of the economic situation and key challenges facing the government and pointing towards ways of improving overall economic performance. Economic growth in 2022

Foreign Travel by President William Ruto and his Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria triples expenditure.  The Azimio coalition has decided to resume Maandamano after the end of Ramadhan festivities even as bipartisan talks continue at the National Assembly. The Azimio coalition has orchestrated the removal

The new world order known as BRIC, a group acronym referring to Brazil, Russia, India, and China, has been trying to take over economic dominance from the West and have more sovereignty and autonomy.  The acronym BRIC created in 2001 was predicted to be one

The country’s national policy organ, the Cabinet, reconvened on 20th March 2023 under the leadership of President William Ruto. In the meeting, the Cabinet considered a number of bills and policy documents that aim to enhance economic productivity through agriculture, investments, trade, and industry. Key

SIAYA ·         The Governor of Siaya County, James Orengo SC, in concurrence with approval by the County Assembly of Siaya of the request on the grant of a Municipal Charter, granted a Municipal Charter to the Municipality of Bondo in a

The National Assembly recently adopted the Report of the Procedure and House Rules Committee that amended various sections of the Standing Orders that now allow the Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) to physically appear before the National Assembly and answer questions. Standing Orders are the rules and

7th March Court Upheld Election of Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga, Dr. Evans Kidero to pay Ksh. 3.5 million. 8th March National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula said that 13th Parliament will actualize two-thirds gender rule. 9th March Drama as Jubilee’s Jeremiah Kioni and Kanini Kega

Kenya City Hall turns to Safaricom for revenue collection Safaricom has inked a two-year deal with City Hall to offer a payment platform for Nairobi County services in a move set to lower pilferages in collecting taxes and levies. The telco says it will develop

Kenya Raila declares official start of countrywide mass action Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga on Thursday declared the official start of countrywide mass action after the lapse of an ultimatum issued to the Kenya Kwanza government. Azimio has also launched the

NAROK The Governor of Narok County has gazetted several persons as members of the Panel for the Selection of Nominees for Appointment as County Secretary of County Government of Narok. WEST POKOT The Governor of West Pokot County has appointed persons to be members of

THE SUPREME COURT The Chief Justice/President of the Supreme Court of Kenya has gazetted that the Supreme Court Easter recess will commence on Thursday, March 30, 2023, and terminate on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, both days inclusive. The duty judge will be available during recess

Price subsidies are not long-term solutions to social protection. The Kenya Kwanza administration has been eliminating most of the subsidies that were introduced by former President Kenyatta’s administration such as electricity, fuel and maize price subsidies. President William Ruto’s administration’s rapid elimination of the price

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. 

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

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

Kenya and South Africa have enjoyed cordial relations since post-apartheid when resident diplomatic missions in Kenya and other countries were reopened. The cordial relations between the two countries were bolstered on 5 August, 2003, where the parties agreed to sign a Declaration of Intent on

Drought in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya have endured severe droughts in the last decade. The current drought has hit ASAL the hardest with the drought being the most severe and longest. The drought is attributed to the four failed successive rain

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has moved to streamline digital hailing companies operating in the country. This is after NTSA issued a directive to digital hailing transport companies to register afresh with the Authority.  This, NTSA said, was a decision reached by stakeholders

President William Ruto during Thursday’s joint Parliament address on his legislative agenda mentioned that his government was concerned about the welfare of the social security infrastructure. He was referring to both the public National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and private pensions, noting that no Kenyan

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

The Supreme Court of Kenya on Monday, September 5, 2022, upheld the election of Dr William Ruto as president, dismissing Azimio la Umoja’s petition, after finding no discrepancies in the vote tallies with no credible evidence that the IEBC computer systems and transmission network had

The Supreme Court has the original jurisdiction to hear and determine any petition challenging the election of a president.  Article 140 of the Constitution of Kenya provides that any person may file a petition with the Supreme Court within seven days following the declaration of

Recently, Kenya was selected among several countries that would initiate trading under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). The pilot phase is meant to test environmental, legal and trade policy basis for intra-African trade.Trading under the AfCFTA provides great opportunities such as a combined

KENYA EABL’s Kisumu and Nairobi biomass plants almost ready East African Breweries Plc (EABL) is set to complete the setting up of its biomass-fired energy plants as it accelerates its shift to renewable energy. Diageo Plc, a majority shareholder of EABL, says the Kenya biomass

KENYA Deloitte fined for Sh2.1bn hidden hole in Chase Bank The capital markets regulator on Wednesday fined Deloitte after the audit firm failed to detect a non-existent Sh2.1 billion Chase Bank account at the Central Bank that enticed bond investors to offer the collapsed lender

The Council for Responsible Social Media is a recently established non-partisan and voluntary group that consists of five members from civil society organisations, data and technology, peace and security, and media. The Council aims to minimise online harms and make social media platforms safe for

KENYA Kenya inks cheap power deal with Ethiopia Kenya on Tuesday officially signed a Power Purchase contract with Ethiopia for the purchase of cheap hydroelectric power even as Nairobi nears completing the transmission line to evacuate power from its northern neighbour. Kenya is expected to

Recently a class-action lawsuit against Mars, a manufacturing company of candies such as Skittles, was filed before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on the basis that the company’s use of titanium dioxide as an additive in Skittles made the

KENYA Kenya disowns port deal promises made to Dubai Kenya has disowned promises of a July tender made to Dubai Port (DP) World that would have allowed the UAE-based firm to offer a bid for development, operation and management of the country’s four ports. DP

Kenya is a recognized trade hub in the continent, and has been viewed as an important strategic partner of the United States. This is evident from the nomination and recent approval by the US Senate of former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and eBay, Margaret

KENYA Safaricom Ethiopia to start operations next month The Safaricom-led consortium aims to start operations in Ethiopia next month but will stagger the rollout of the telecommunication services across various Ethiopian cities until next year. The Safaricom consortium, which also includes British development finance agency

Background The alleged Kenya port and Dubai Port World FZE (“DP World”) deal has caused an uproar among Kenyans and particularly leaders from the Kenya Kwanza coalition. The Kenya Kwanza leaders have alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed DP World, acting on behalf of the

This week, Justice George Odunga, sitting at the High Court in Machakos, gave a landmark ruling in a case that involved Invesco Assurance “Invesco”, the Insurance Regulatory Authority and the Attorney General. The petitioners and insured parties, sued the insurance regulator and the Attorney General

Spiking of alcohol in entertainment joints has been a long-running menace for revellers who have raised concerns with relevant authorities over their safety. Revellers who have fallen prey to the alcohol spikers, now popularly known as ‘pishori babes’, have lost considerable amounts of money and

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

 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