Laws Policies

The tragedy of collapsed buildings: Where we are getting it wrong and the antidote

In the past two weeks, at least four apartments have collapsed in the counties of Kiambu and Nairobi, claiming lives and damaging property worth millions of shillings. The World Bank estimates that Kenya has a housing shortage of at least two million homes, which rises

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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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Surveillance measures be used to prevent muggings in the Kenya

Taming crime in Kenya: Heightening surveillance way to go in curbing insecurity  In the past few weeks, there has been an increase in crime in Kenya. Videos have surfaced showing civilians being robbed at gunpoint, purses and phones being snatched from pedestrians and drivers among

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Proposed constitutional amendments and their risks

Constitution or leadership and governance crisis: Why Kenya does not need sweeping changes in the supreme law While the new government should be working in order to deliver its pledges to Kenyans, who for the last few months have been struggling to make ends meet,

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The future of Digital Credit Providers under new regulations to protect consumers

Kenya has been a home for many digital lending apps, which are popular for their unsecured and instant loans disbursed through mobile phones. Unlike banks and Saccos where one is required to have a guarantor, these digital credit providers (DCPs) do not make it a

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Highlights of the State of the Banking Industry Report, 2021

The Kenya Bankers Association Centre for Research on Financial Markets and Policy released the third annual State of the Banking Industry (SBI) Report on 27th July, 2021. It focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the banking industry and its pass-through effects to

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Public Bodies and data protection: What you need to know

Public bodies are expected to comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act, 2019. The Act defines a data controller as a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purpose and means of

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First National Shadow Budget roots for a predictable tax regime and urgent debt management

A shadow National Budget published by a local public affairs and policy analysis consortium has called for the urgent adoption of a predictable tax regime to foster economic growth and mitigate a looming external debt default situation. The Shadow Budget, dubbed “Road to Recovery” and

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New rules for Data Protection

The Officer of the Data Protection Commissioner released Draft Data Protection Regulations earlier this week for public participation. The Regulations comprises: The Data Protection (Compliance and Enforcement) Regulations – The Regulations outline the compliance and enforcement provisions for Data Commissioner, Data Controllers and Data Processors.

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Increasing ease of doing business in Kenya

The Business Laws (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 2021 (“New Act”) was signed into law on 30th March 2021, thereby coming into effect straightaway. The new Act amends various laws and  is part of the reforms that are aimed at facilitating ease of doing business in

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A win for children and families in Kenya

The Employment (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was signed into law on 30th March 2021. The new Act – Employment (Amendment) Act, 2021 came into force on 15th April 2021. The Act goes a long way in supporting the adoption of children in Kenya. The Act amends

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BPS and Trade sector – General Economic and Commercial Affairs(GECA)

In the MTEF period 2017/18-2019/20, the total approved budget for the sector’s programmes and sub programmes was 78.9 Billion Ksh, while the actual expenditure was 66.47 Billion Ksh.
This represented 84.6% absorption level.

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Part 2 on the BUDGET SERIES: Which way forward for Kenya’s economy? Highlights of Kenya’s economic outlook and proposed recommendations

The Kenyan economy is currently facing significant challenges as a result of the COVID-19 (C19) exacerbating an already grim situation. Despite having attained a lower middle income status in 2014, Kenya has failed to adequately address institutional and structural inadequacies that have continued to hinder

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Private Sector engagement in the budget making process

The Kenya budget cycle is well on its way and is in fact half way through with the National Treasury and Planning having just concluded the public hearings for FY 2021/22 and Medium-Term budget proposals. The budget is the most important policy through which the

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Highlights of the first quarterly economic and budgetary review report in the 2020/21 FY

10.7%
Growth in broad money supply, M3, improved to 10.7
percent in the year to September 2020 compared to a
growth of 6.5 percent in the year to September 2019.

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Status of payments to County Governments

The National Treasury and Planning published a public statement on the status of payments to county governments. The Statement was published to inform citizens about the quantum of funds transferred to County Governments in FY 2019/20 and in preceding years. By the end of FY

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KRA Finance Act 2020 Stakeholder Awareness

The Kenya Revenue Authority held a Stakeholder Engagement on Thursday, August 13, 2020 to create awareness of the provisions of the Finance Act 2020.

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OECD VIEW: KENYA CORPORATE TAX POLICY LEADING GLOBALLY

Setting Trends Earlier this week, KRA released a press statement highlighting the findings of OECD report on corporate taxation. The Global report has identified Kenya as one of the leading countries currently fostering tax reforms for economic growth. The report by the OECD dubbed Corporate

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FINANCE BILL 2020: PARLIAMENT’S VIEW

TABLING OF COMMITTEE REPORT On 18th of June 2020, the National Assembly held its plenary session. Hon. Joseph Kirui Limo, the Chairperson of the Departmental Committee on Finance and Planning laid before the House the Committee’s report on its consideration of the Finance Bill 2020.

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BUDGET 2020: UGANDA HIGHLIGHTS

The Uganda 2020/21 national budget is based on the theme: Stimulating the economy to safeguard livelihoods, jobs, business and industrial recovery. It was delivered by Hon. Matia Kasaija Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development on 11th June 2020.

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MPs issue fresh threats to CBK boss on Sh1-million rule

Three House committees are angry at the Governor for the CBK’s failure to submit crucial but unpopular regulations.

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