Political and Regulatory Round Up

Political and Regulatory Round-Up 

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

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KENYA Ruto plans more taxes Plans by President William Ruto’s administration to introduce additional taxes to raise more revenue have kicked up a storm. The 2024 Budget Policy Statement (BPS), which is currently before Parliament, contains proposals that seek to boost revenue collection by expanding

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KENYA Summary of Cabinet Resolutions On January 15th, the Cabinet Dispatch announced a series of approvals that will shape Kenya’s governance and economic landscape. The Railway Amendment Bill 2024 is set to initiate new ways of running railways. The approval of the Treasury Single Account

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Kenya Raila’s ODM disbands elections board as party goes for devolved system The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has disbanded its National Elections Board (NEB) in what it says are efforts to devolve management of its elections to the grassroots. ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, in

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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

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KENYA   High court suspends gov’t move to increase ID, passport application charges The High Court has suspended a gazette notice that increased charges on a number of government services including application of national IDs and passports. This comes after a petitioner moved to court

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KENYA Blow for workers as KRA ups benefits tax to 13 per cent. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has raised the tax on benefits granted to workers by employers, making it the second successive increase of the charge driven by rising market interest rates. The

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    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

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Kenya Ruto government to probe Uhuru’s claim Kenya loses Sh2bn daily to corruption The government intends to commission a study to confirm the allegations by former President Uhuru Kenyatta that Kenya loses Kshs. 2 billion daily through corruption. This was confirmed by the Head of

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KENYA   Kenya Airways plane from Nairobi to London diverted from Heathrow to Stansted Airport   A Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi to London that was earlier intercepted and diverted by the UK military was cleared of any security threat, ending hours of pain for

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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

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KENYA MPs Rush Approval Of Bill Allowing 2.75% Salary Deduction For Employees' Health Insurance Fund In just two days, the National Assembly has considered the Digital Health Bill and the Social Health Insurance Bill through two critical stages: first, the second reading, which involves debate

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KENYA New NHIF premiums capped at Sh5,000 for top earners Workers earning Sh181,818 and above have been spared from paying higher contributions to the yet-to-be-formed Social Health Insurance Fund after the State opted to cap the premiums at Sh5,000. An earlier proposal in the Social

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Kenya Ruto returns to the UN General Assembly with old messages on climate, debt, and tech President Ruto departed on Wednesday for his latest trip to the US, his third since he became the President, to push for his pet ideas on climate change, debt

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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

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Kenya President Ruto plans compulsory 2.75pc NHIF deductions President William Ruto’s plan to make it mandatory for every household in Kenya to contribute 2.75 percent of its income to fund a new social healthcare fund will see the government take at least 20 percent of

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KENYA Ruto, TikTok CEO Chew agree to moderate content in Kenya TikTok has agreed to moderate content on its App in Kenya, the country’s presidency said Thursday, days after parliament received a petition to ban the popular video-sharing platform. “Short-form video hosting service TikTok will

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KENYA   Court ruling seeks to end retirement age cheating The Employment and Labour Relations Court has ruled that where staff fail to state the retirement age, the employer should use the general retirement age in the public service. However, the court noted that such

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KENYA Cyber-attack on eCitizen platform cause of outage, says Owalo The downtime being experienced on the eCitizen portal has been caused by hackers attempting to jam the portal through an overload of data requests, ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo has revealed. Speaking during a morning

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Kenya Treasury suffers new setback in taxes implementation plan The Treasury suffered another setback in its quest to implement the contentious Finance Act after the Court of Appeal declined to lift an order suspending the law. The bench of three judges said it will rule

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Tanzania: Samia restructures Cabinet After the enactment of the Planning Commission Act, 2023, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has made minor restructuring of the Cabinet, formulating the Ministry of Planning and Investment. As part of the restructuring, she appointed Ubungo MP, Prof Kitila Mkumbo, as Minister

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Kenya President Ruto, Rigathi Gachagua, MPs set for 14pc pay raise in SRC review State officers, including the President, the Deputy President, Cabinet Secretaries and MPs, are set for a 14% pay rise on average over the next two years starting next month in a

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Kenya Street tax agents are coming: Ruto gets Sh1.2bn boost to deploy KRA in marketsThe National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee has proposed an extra Sh1.2 billion to the recurrent budget of the Kenya Revenue Authority to employ tax assistants as President Ruto tightens the

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KENYA Storm over State plan to tax insurance payouts Insurance customers will start parting with 16 percent tax on the money paid to them by insurers as compensation for their losses, if the proposal whose interpretation has split tax experts and insurance firms, is adopted. The

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KENYA Rich Kenyans get helicopter tax cuts in President Ruto budget plan Wealthy Kenyans and politicians will import helicopters and planes at cheaper prices after President William Ruto’s administration proposed to scrap three taxes on aircraft and parts at a time the Treasury plans to

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Kenya UN boss Antonio Guterres visits Kenya, to meet Ruto United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in Kenya for a two-day official visit. During his visit, the UN chief is expected to hold talks with President William Ruto. The visit comes weeks after a

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Kenya Ruto adds more to debt in first six months than Uhuru President William Ruto’s administration has borrowed Sh17.4 billion more than his predecessor in its first six months in office, upending the plan to go slow on debt. Treasury data shows that the new

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President Ruto clips CS Mutua wings in foreign policy shift

Kenya President Ruto clips CS Mutua wings in foreign policy shift President William Ruto’s government has announced a major shift in the country’s foreign policy by allowing other countries and their missions in Kenya to engage directly with ministries and state agencies, without going through

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24th February 2023 Political and Regulatory Round Up

Kenya Revealed: How President Ruto got Raila ‘fired’ from AU job Yesterday, what was not contested was the announcement that Mr Odinga’s tenure as the commission’s high representative for infrastructure development in Africa had ended after nearly five years. But a cloud of controversy swirled

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17th February 2023 Political and Regulatory Round Up

Kenya How Israeli hackers hit Ruto strategists, IEBC officials days to polls A consortium of journalists across the world has been investigating how Israeli national Tal Hanan led a team of disinformation experts in manipulating dozens of elections across the world. The journalists posed as

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10th February Political and Regulatory Round-up

Kenya Protect me, former Interior minister Fred Matiang’i tells court. Former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has moved to court, seeking to be granted anticipatory bail after police allegedly raided his house on Wednesday night. In an application filed at the High Court, Dr Matiang’i

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3rd February 2023 Political and Regulatory Round Up

Kenya This is not politics, IG Koome says on scaling down of Uhuru’s security The Inspector-General of Police Japhet Koome on Friday confirmed the scaling down of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security detail adding that officers of senior rank have been recalled. Mr Koome, who

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27th January 2023 Political and Regulatory Round Up

 Kenya President Ruto’s doublespeak on opposition President William Ruto’s move to woo Jubilee Party MPs as he seeks an absolute majority in Parliament has exposed his doublespeak in regard to his calls for a vibrant opposition. Kenya Kwanza has gone on a charm offensive against

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9th December 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA   Ruto’s Hustler Fund challenged in court   The government’s decision to establish the Sh50 billion Hustler Fund has been challenged in court by two civilians who claim that the kitty is illegal and an avenue to loot public coffers.   The petitioners, Mr

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2nd December 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA   End of an era for Uhuru Principal Secretaries   The reign of former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Principal Secretaries comes to an end today as those appointed by President William Ruto take over.   The new PSs will be sworn in from 7a.m. today

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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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