POLICY ANALYSIS

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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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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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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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 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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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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Cryptocurrency in Kenya

With the collapse of Futures Exchange (FTX), a global cryptocurrency exchange where big firms and individuals had invested a lot of money in, questions have arisen about the safety of investing in the currency. Over four million Kenyans are said to own cryptocurrencies, ranking Kenya

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Dennis Itumbi the New Media and Digital Sheriff in town

When the new list of executive officers attached to State House was unveiled by former Head of the Public Service Joseph Kinyua last October, observers noted that the prolific and sometimes maverick digital chieftain Dennis Itumbi was missing. Perhaps as a measure of his reverence

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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25th Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya Court stops law allowing workers to withdraw pension for home purchase A High Court has stopped the implementation of the Retirement Benefits (Mortgage Loans) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 which allows workers to withdraw part of their pension to buy a home.  Justice Anthony Ndung’u said

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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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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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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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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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The Hustler Fund (Financial Inclusion Fund)

The Financial Inclusion Fund popularly known as the ‘Hustler Fund’ is a flagship project of the Kenya Kwanza Government which will be launched on November 30 to offer cheap loans to ‘Hustlers’. It will be disbursed technologically through an app so that the youth can

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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 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Meet your nine EALA legislators: Winnie Odinga, Kennedy Kalonzo and more win final vote Azimio leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka’s children were on Thursday evening among nine people picked by Parliament to represent Kenya in the Arusha-based East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA). On

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Banks to use Treasury bonds as loan collateral

As part of measures aimed at increasing industry liquidity and relieving the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) from frequently having to bail out cash-strapped institutions, banks will soon be able to borrow from one another using government debt securities as collateral. The CBK implemented this

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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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11th November 2022 County Round Up

UASIN GISHU The Governor has gazetted the names of  members of the Uasin Gishu County Executive Committee responsible for the matters respectively specified in the schedule. KITUI The Governor has established a committee to be known as the Kitui County Human Resource Audit and Rationalization

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11th November 2022 Finger on the Pulse

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

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Health must take centre stage in the COP27 climate change negotiations

On the eve of the pivotal climate talks at COP27, WHO issued a grim reminder that the climate crisis continues to make people sick and jeopardize lives, and that health must be at the core of these critical negotiations. WHO believes the conference must end

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Benefits of Kenya-South Africa bilateral trade agreements

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

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Tax transparency: Country-by-Country reporting requirement in Kenya kicks in

What is country-by-country reporting? Multinational Enterprise Groups (MNEs) that are tax resident in Kenya with gross revenues of KSh 95 billion or more are required to submit an annual return of income  for the year 2022 and subsequent years. The return should detail the group’s

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Can Kenya Airways salvage its position and revert to a profitable path?

Kenya Airways (KQ) woes came to head this week with its pilots going on strike and bringing to a halt the operations of one of the largest airlines on the continent. It was not just passengers getting stranded, but the horticultural sector also reported losses

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Zimbabwe is the first country in Africa to announce regulatory approval for long-acting injectable cabotegravir for HIV prevention

The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) announced that it has approved the use of long-acting injectable cabotegravir (CAB-LA) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. “The information submitted to support the approval of the product indicated that the product is safe, effective and of

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Kenya Kwanza’ response and mitigation measures to its first drought in office 

Due to the impact of climate change, consecutive rain seasons have failed hence the drought in most parts of the country. This has seen many Kenyans especially in the ASAL (Arid and Semi Arid Lands) communities lack food and water. Videos of children and adults

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 Ruto regime revamps housing project under Sanduku initiative to give Kenyans affordable houses

One of the fundamental social and economic rights is housing, which is established in our Constitution. During his inauguration as the fifth President of Kenya, Dr William Ruto, in his speech, outlined specific areas which are a priority for his administration in the next five

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KRA walks a tightrope after government proposes a raft of measures to increase revenue

In the financial year ended June 2022, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) recorded a historic high of KSh2.031 trillion against a revenue target of KSh1.882 trillion, representing a 21.7 per cent growth and the highest ever in its history. Despite this tremendous performance, the government

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IDIA and WHO strengthen strategic collaboration to support the scale-up of health innovations

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) have agreed to renew their strategic Collaborative Agreement to support the scaling of health innovations to the end of 2023 to jointly accelerate health impact.   “We must leverage health innovations effectively to accelerate

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A look at IPOA and its mandate

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) was established in order to allow for civilian control of the work of the police in Kenya. Its establishment was a result of years of efforts to reform a police force that had a history of political meddling, incompetence,

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AGOA vs STIP: Which way for Kenya-US Trade Agreements?

The fate of the US-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) signed by the two countries in August this year is shrouded in a cloud. When regimes change, priorities also change. Under President Trump, Kenya started negotiating a bilateral Free Trade Agreement that would survive

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Staggering backsliding across women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health revealed in new UN analysis

A new UN report shows that women’s and children’s health has suffered globally, as the impacts of conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change converge with devastating effects on prospects for children, young people and women. Data presented in the report show a critical regression

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Global Innovation Index – The Innovation and Startup Strategy- Poised for Doom or Fail?

On October 17, 2022, Mr Kabui Mwangi, an author wrote an article in the Business Daily titled, “Why six Kenyan promising tech start-ups fell in quick succession”. Of the companies he reviewed, it is apparent that start-ups don’t just fail, there could be a great

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An overview of Global Digital Compact

There is Global Compact for private sector companies to report on their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and achievements on Sustainable Development Goals. Then there is Global Digital Compact, an idea whose time has come.  An offshoot from ‘The Common Agenda,’ a 2021 report by the

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WHO issues a new framework to strengthen collaborative action on TB and comorbidities

The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a new Framework for collaborative action on TB and comorbidities to address the limited uptake of collaborative activities to reduce the burden of TB and comorbidities and to support countries in enabling access to people-centred care. The Framework

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Include Persons with Disabilities in the workforce to build diverse talent and drive business growth

The inclusion and diversity agenda is key in today’s evolving world. Running sustainable operations now calls for businesses to create shared value and promote social justice amongst their communities. The reality, however, is that Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) have historically missed out on opportunities to

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Customer inclusion is inevitable in tax administratio

By Grace Wandera Once again, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is planning to mark the month-long taxpayers’ celebrations in the traditional month of October. A look at this year’s theme “Leaving no one behind” provokes some interesting thoughts.  Given that the payment of taxes is

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AfCFTA Guided Trade Initiative: How long before full African integration?

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Guided Trade Initiative (GTI) is a temporary intervention of the AfCFTA secretariat that rolled out last week on Friday, October 7, 2022, on the fringes of the 10th Council of Ministers meeting held in Ghana. The initiative nudged

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Flutterwave saga: What banks and fintechs can learn on building trust

The case of Flutterwave recently rocked the Kenyan fintech space. The Asset Recovery Agency levelled claims of fraud and money laundering against Flutterwave. In court documents, the Agency asserted that Flutterwave bank accounts received billions in a suspected scheme of money laundering and the same

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Medical Product Alert N°6/2022: Substandard (contaminated) pediatric medicines

Substandard (contaminated) paediatric medicines identified in WHO region of Africa Alert Summary This WHO Medical Product Alert refers to four substandard products, identified in The Gambia and reported to WHO in September 2022. Substandard medical products are products that fail to meet either their quality

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WHO and ILO call for new measures to tackle mental health issues at work

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.

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What next after Ruto reverts operations to Mombasa Port from SGR and Naivasha dry port?

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

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Heads of State commit to Noncommunicable Disease Global Compact to save 50 million lives by 2030

News Release by the World Health Organisation Today, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, launched a new report calling on global leaders to take urgent action on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), responsible for 17 million premature deaths every year. To accelerate action Dr Tedros renewed

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Inflation Adjustment explainer

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

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Next upcoming significant event

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

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WHO responds to The Lancet COVID-19 Commission

News Release by the World Health Organisation WHO welcomes the overarching recommendations of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission’s report on “Lessons for the future from the COVID-19 pandemic,” which align with our commitment to stronger global, regional and national pandemic preparedness, prevention, readiness and response. At

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Media relationship with the State worth watching in the new administration

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

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Will ICT play an increasingly important role in Kenya’s election? 

The hearing of the presidential election petition this week have had the ICT systems used in the election process under the microscope and have proven that the systems are essential to achieving a credible electoral outcome.  Nevertheless, the risks and unforeseen challenges these technologies carry

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At a glance – Issues before the Supreme Court for determination

Outcome 1 – Presidential election upheld If the Supreme Court issues a ruling that declares the presidential election as valid, the President-elect will be sworn in on the first Tuesday, 7 days from when the court issues its ruling –  September 13, 2022. Outcome 2

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Fintech in Africa (Part 1): African tech boom is more than a buzz; future is bright

The financial industry has benefited greatly from the buzz surrounding the African tech boom, with reports of African fintech businesses raising money becoming commonplace in tech media. It accurately reflects how much venture capitalists and investors have attracted financing to the fintech sector.  Fintech has

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New governors hit the ground running by putting County Public Service Boards on the spot

A section of newly-elected governors across the country are all over the place unearthing incredulous Human Resource (HR) issues in their respective counties. These governors have hit the ground running and all seem quite focused. They want to keep the promises they made in their

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Half of health care facilities globally lack basic hygiene services – WHO, UNICEF

News Release by the World Health Organisation Newly established global estimate on hygiene reveals the risk of disease spread and infections to patients and health care providers Half of health care facilities worldwide lack basic hygiene services with water and soap or alcohol-based hand rub

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Finger on the Pulse: Post-Election Snapshot

On August 27, Azimio la Umoja Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga revealed that he had a telephone conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guteres where they talked about the recent developments in Kenya. Furthermore, Raila mentioned that the region is making progress to deal with the

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WHO Director-General congratulates Togo on becoming first country to eliminate four neglected tropical diseases

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, today extended his congratulations to the Republic of Togo, as it was confirmed that the West African country had become the first country to eliminate four devastating neglected tropical diseases. The ceremony took place during the 72nd Session of

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Top banks’ performance in Kenya Banking Sentiment Index, 2022, and areas to improve

Deloitte delivered the Kenya Banking Sentiment Index report indicating that M-Pesa had more positive appreciation  from clients than conventional banks as confirmed in the Net Sentiment Index. It partnered with DataEQ to monitor over 330,000 Twitter posts that mentioned Co-operative Bank, Equity Bank, Absa, Stanbic,

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At the Supreme Court, it will be about the questions unanswered  

The next few days will be critical, and it is not only political watchers who should have their eyes on the Supreme Court, where the petition challenging the election of William Ruto as President will be heard.  Raila Odinga’s coalition has asked for a cocktail

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Finger on the Pulse: Post-Election Snapshot

Significant political event of the week: On Monday, August 22, the Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate. Raila Odinga filed his petition challenging the presidential results announced by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.  The case will be heard and determined by September 4, 2022. Two voters moved

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Shifting political alliances post-election: Likely fate of coalition parties

Following the declaration of Deputy President William Ruto as the President-elect by the IEBC chairman, a number of elected Members of Parliament allied to the Azimio la Umoja coalition have shifted camp to the Kenya Kwanza coalition.  The United Democratic Movement (UDM) party, a constituent

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