On November 15, 2023, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden held their first face-to-face meeting in a year at the Filoli Estate in San Francisco. This was the second time the two leaders have met during Biden’s term as president, although the
In a significant development, on June 27, the State House issued a statement announcing President William Ruto’s decision to allow key advisors to attend Cabinet meetings. The advisors are Monica Juma (National Security), David Ndii (chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisors), Harriette Chiggai
In March, the government announced that it would start importing diesel, super petrol and jet fuel on credit in a deal meant to ease demand for the dollar and prop up the shilling. This is an import arrangement between the Kenyan government and the governments
As negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement between Kenya and the US under their Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) continue, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released summaries of texts proposed on the areas covered by the agreement. One of these, the Services
Speaking in a Cabinet meeting held at State House Tuesday, President William Ruto read the riot act to Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries saying that wastage and corruption will not be condoned in his administration. This comes hot on the heels of the sacking of
The Finance Bill 2023 proposes a raft of tax measures, some of which appear to have explored some uncharted territory. This is the first Bill under the new regime and it is grappling with several challenges. A good number of the proposals are aimed at
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
In the past decade, the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) has been involved in one scandal after another. Every other year, Kemsa is embroiled in what are mostly procurement-related scandals. It, therefore, came as no surprise when on Monday, May 16th 2023, Health Cabinet Secretary
The demand for higher education in Kenya has increased despite inadequate funding from various stakeholders. This has led to the cost-sharing policy where the government and parents or stakeholders/donors (households) share the costs of higher education. The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) provides students with
The Finance Bill 2023 is the first fiscal legislative proposal under the Kenya Kwanza administration, aimed at implementing the Bottom Up Transformation Agenda. The Kenyan economy is expected to maintain a 6.1% growth rate over the medium term, with leading indicators showing strong performance in
Things were calm after the August 9, 2022, General Election. Kenyans returned to their normal routines after the results of the polls were announced. However, a few months after the highly contested elections, the leader of the opposition, Mr Raila Odinga, called for protests for
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
The cost of living in Kenya has escalated in the past few years due to a combination of factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic, changing weather patterns, drought and increase in the price of fertiliser and other agricultural inputs. Annual inflation in Kenya went above
Five months since President William Ruto was sworn in as the Commander-in-Chief, the threat to Kenyan national security has been on upward trend. Externally, success in the Somali battleground against Al Shabab by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the Somali army, has had
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 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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
Significant political events of the week: Monday 7th, November Wednesday 9th, November, Thursday 10th , November, While in a meeting with his Cabinet, President William Ruto urged them to uphold the rule of law as they settle down to deliver on their mandate under the
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
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
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
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 manifesto proposes to set up a quasi-judicial commission of inquiry into state capture within 30 days of the new administration. The commission would aim to establish the extent of cronyism and state capture in Kenya and make recommendations. Transparency International has defined
Succession in government offices has been making headlines following the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that public officers seeking elective posts should resign.The IEBC has gazetted notice that public officers vying in the August elections, should resign from public office on
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES POSTINGS, PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS WITHIN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE Vide a press release issued on 23rd July, 2021, H.E. Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces has today promoted Maj Gen Francis 0 Ogolla
The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan arrived in Kenya on Tuesday this week following an invite from President Uhuru Kenyatta. The relationship between the two countries took a nosedive during the presidency of the late John Pombe Magufuli, her predecessor.
The Steering Committee on the implementation of the Building Bridges Initiative made recommendations on the implementation of the Report, which are structured in the following thematic areas: Constitutional; Legislative; Policy; and Administrative. Proposed Constitutional Reforms Chapter Two on formative aspects of the Republic. This chapter
The main objective of the occasion was to recognize taxpayers from various sectors of the economy for their contribution towards nation-building. This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme; “Enhancing Tax Administration for Economic Sustainability’’ similar to the Tax Summit. During the meeting, the Commissioner
Ideally, removing the non-tariff barriers that remain the biggest hindrance to continental trade can foster regional integration, which must play a key role in the crisis recovery strategies in Africa.
The commendable progress made so far can only mean one thing: the days for tax
evasion perpetrators are continually diminishing. Through such collaborations, the
country is now better equipped to emancipate tax revenues trapped in the intricate
web of tax evasion schemes.
CRM is a state-of-the-art system which has revolutionised how KRA engages with taxpayers virtually. Diversification of the virtual customer assistance platforms is informed by the need to take care of the equally diversified base of taxpayer
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019 has caused the most severe global economic setback. Its impact to our economy includes:
-Loss of lives
-Decline in demand of Kenya’s goods and services,
-Decline in household earnings,
-Heavy public expenditures towards health sector and social
-Decline in revenue due to subdued economic activities.
Kenya’s GDP is projected to decline to 2.5 % in 2020 compared to a growth of 5.8 % in 2019.
The Cabinet ended a two week working vacay on the 28th August and had its first Cabinet Meeting yesterday the 10th of September. The focus areas of the meeting, according to a despatch released soon after, were an economic stimulus as well as seminal programmes and projects under the Big Four agenda.
Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has released draft consumer protection guidelines for public review and comment. The guidelines are to protect the users and consumers of communications services with regard to the prices, the quality and variety of services.
On 29th July, 2020 the President of the Supreme Court of Kenya issued a notice to the public indicating that Milimani Law Courts would be closed for the next fourteen days with effect from 30th July, 2020. The reason given is that some members of
President Uhuru Nominates Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu for position of auditor General. Her name has been forwarded to Parliament for vetting.
On 18th June 2020 Kenya won the bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council defeating Djibouti by 67 votes. As part of the UNSC, Kenya joins 9 other non-permanent members and 5 permanent members including the United States, United Kingdom of
Today, the Supreme Court of Kenya issued an advisory opinion on a dispute between the National Assembly and Senate, regarding the Division of Revenue Bill for the Financial Year 2019/2020. The Division of Revenue Bill for the Financial Year 2019/2020 was not enacted into law, in
The Highlights International Visitors Arrivals 2,048,834 Top 20 source markets for 2019 were: USA Uganda Tanzania United Kingdom India Age of visitors to Kenya 33-44 (30%) 25-34 (29%) 45-54 (18%) 18-24 (11%) 55-64 (8%) Purpose of visit Holiday (63%) Business (13%) Visiting family and friends
2019 achievements Electricity Sub-Sector The Olkaria 5 Unit I and II with an installed capacity of 158MW The 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Power The 50MW Garissa Solar Plant These three projects have seen the country’s installed capacity increase to 2819MW The Petroleum Sub-Sector Key highlights
Legislative Supplements Declaration of Special Economic Zone The Kenya Trade Network Agency Order, 2011 The Competition Act—Exclusions The Nutritionists and Dieticians (Entry Requirements) (Training Institutions) Regulations, 2019 The Nutritionists and Dieticians (Training Institutions) (Fees) Regulations, 2019 The Crops (Food Crops) Regulations, 2019 The Land Adjudication
CRA argues that the five major cities in Kenya play a significant role in economic development
After his latest statement, the DP appears to be changing tack
The National Environmental Management Authority (“NEMA”) has clarified that the Plastics ban shall apply to all plastic carrier bags and flat bags used for commercial and household packaging, including garbage bags.