14th January 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

SENATE SPECIAL SITTING COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHAIR Convening of Special Sittings of the Senate The House was convened for a Special Sitting for the consideration of the following business: –

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14th January 2022 County Round Up

KAKAMEGA COUNTY The Governor, Kakamega County has declared:a)    Mawe Tatu Hills in Likuyani Sub-County;b)   Nabongo Shrines in Matungu Sub-County;c)   Kambiri Hills in Shinyalu Sub-County;d)  Misango Hills in

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14th January 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

Legislative Supplements, 2021 The Data Protection (General) Regulations, 2021. The Data Protection (Complaints Handling and Enforcement Procedures) Regulations, 2021. The Data Protection (Registration of Data Controllers and Date Processors) Regulations,

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14th January 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Disquiet as State fails to pay oil subsidy billionsThe government has defaulted on fuel subsidy billions that continue to be paid under a cloud of secrecy, sparking disquiet among

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14th January 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA OKA principals snub Uhuru, Raila meeting with pro-handshake MPs One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals yesterday skipped a luncheon organised by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, reportedly

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KRA records excellent performance, Exceeds target in first half of FY 2021/22

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has recorded an above-target revenue performance in the first half of the Financial Year 2021/2022 after collecting KShs. 976.659 billion against a target of KShs.

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Key tax changes to look out for in 2022

On January 1, 2022, several key tax amendments contained in the Finance Act, 2021 (the Act) took effect. We take a look at these changes and the likely impact on

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Itumbi seeks to make a meal of his travails

Journalists have been wary about exploring the story of the abduction, torture and hospitalization of Dennis Itumbi, who now works as a digital strategist for Deputy President William Ruto. Keen

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To fight hate speech, aggression might not be the way

The potential to create conflict and its harmful effects was evident this week when Meru Senator Mithika Linturi used a metaphor that was previously used to mark subjects for elimination

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7th January 2022 County Round Up

MERU COUNTY Speaker of the County Assembly of Meru, Joseph Kaberia, has gazetted notice of a special sitting of the County Assembly that shall be held in the Assembly Chamber

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7th January 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

Acts, 2021 The Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Act, 2021 Legislative Supplements, 2021 The Interpretation and General Provisions Act – Revocation of Delegation of Power JUDICIARY Appointments Chief

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7th January 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

A Review of the House Special Sittings held in December 2021 and January, 2022.  NATIONAL ASSEMBLY  PAPERS LAID The following papers were laid at the Table of the House among

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7th January 2022 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Bond transactions rise to record Sh956 billion The flight to fixed-income investments in the Covid-19 pandemic period swelled transactions in bonds at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) to a

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2022 Calendar of Sustainability Events

As companies eye this year to execute and communicate their sustainability initiatives, there are major events and dates they need to keenly take note of. These events include; Event Agenda

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7th January 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Whistleblowers to get 10pc of cash recovered  Whistleblowers whose disclosure results in the recovery of money or assets will get 10 percent of the cash or the value of

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Sustainability, Setting the pace for a strong valuable reputation

Sustainability is a subject that keeps evolving, and every new day there are new developments to make the world a better place and ensure there is a better future for

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President delivers on commitment to reduce the cost of power

Power consumers are set to enjoy lower electricity costs following the gazettement of an amended schedule of tariffs set by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).

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Hike in comprehensive motor insurance premiums rubs Kenyans the wrong way

Insurance customers have been burdened with an increase in insurance rates beginning January 1, 2022. A number of insurance companies have indicated that the increase will be up to 50%

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Government enters watershed period with the February 9 deadline for public officers’ resignation

The mandatory resignation requirement for public officers vying in the 2022 General Election has run into legal headwinds. Public officers eyeing elective political seats are required by law to resign

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Petrol shortage looms in the new year following breach in import rules

Kenyans are not likely to rest easy at the pump anytime soon due to the looming threat of fuel shortages and increasing fuel prices.  The cause of the shortage has

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A tale of missing potatoes and soft underbelly of the food supply chain in Kenya

Earlier this week, American food chain KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) came under fire after announcing that they had run out of fries due to a disruption in their supply for

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As he starts the last stretch, Ruto deploys a familiar playbook

Every day over the past two weeks, the Deputy President’s schedule is sent out by his communication team. His weekly schedule is released at the start of every week to

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17th December 2021 County Round Up

NAIROBI COUNTY Speaker, Nairobi City County Assembly Benson Mutura has notified Members of the County Assembly and the general public that there shall be special sittings of the County Assembly

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Effects of Kenya’s ‘mandatory’ vaccination directive

On Sunday, November 21, 2021,  Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced several strategies that are being proposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. These strategies are: Making proof of full vaccination

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Parliamentary round up (A review of National Assembly and Senate for Year 2021)

Key House highlights of the Year In 2021, the National Assembly and the Senate considered various businesses. As the year ends, here is a summary of some of the important

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17th December 2021 Kenya Gazette Review

National Assembly Bills, 2021 The Huduma Bill, 2021 The Political Parties (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2021 The Public Audit (Amendment) Bill, 2021 The Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Legislative Supplements, 2021

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17th December 2021 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA  Oil companies to get Sh8bn for unchanged fuel prices The State will pay oil marketers an estimated Sh8.12 billion ($71.8m) for keeping fuel prices unchanged in the monthly review

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17th December 2021 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Civil servants face Sh1m fine for failure to declare wealth by end year  Civil servants risk a Sh1 million fine or a jail term of two years if they

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Sustainability Reporting: Shifting from Voluntary To Business Survival Requirement

In 2015, the Paris Agreement became an international pact by some of the United Nations members to put mechanisms and measures to ensure the world reaches a global peak of

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The State applauds KRA’s revenue mobilisation efforts with a record number of Awards and Honours

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has welcomed the highest number of decorations ever accorded to its staff members; by the State at the recent 58th Jamhuri Day Celebrations. In recognition of

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Brands should embrace online content creators

By: Grace Wandera Brands have since time immemorial invested in every opportunity available to enhance their presence and reputation among the target market. Maintaining a good reputation and presence is

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The year in review: Highlights on key legislative interventions that impacted the private sector

Several legislative interventions that have affected the private sector came into force in 2021. As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of these interventions and

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What to look out for in 2022

As 2021 draws to a climax, numerous developments on both the national and international sphere will have spillover effects into the new year.  Below is a summary of 2022’s highly

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In Parliament, a distraction for Raila and Ruto

Plans by the Jubilee Party to hold a National Delegates Convention late November died with a whimper and without an explanation.  It was reported that the plans collapsed after a

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10th December 2021 County Round Up

LAMU COUNTY  Governor for Lamu County Fahim Y. Twaha on the 29th of November 2021 has reassigned the following persons to the County Executive Committee of Lamu:Abdulhakim Aboud Bwana;Fahima Araphat;Abdu

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10th December 2021 Parliamentary Round Up

The National Assembly and Senate are on recess

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10th December 2021 Kenya Gazette Review

National Assembly Bills, 2021   The Sacco Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2021 The Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Legislative Supplements, 2021   The Sectional Properties Regulations, 2021 The Bribery Act Regulations, 2021 The

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10th December 2021 Trade & Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Kenya paid China Sh29bn to ease debt repayment standoff Kenya wired Sh29.86 billion ($264.4 million) to China in the quarter to September 2021 to ease a standoff over debt

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10th December 2021 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA No More Harambees for 2022 Elections Aspirants (Source: Daily Nation) Political aspirants will from 9th December not be allowed to participate in harambees for the benefit of others, thus

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After CoP 26, What Next for Businesses

CoP 26 came to a close on 13th November 2021 after a one-day extension to ensure consensus was reached for the final outcome document. The Final CoP26 Glasgow Pact does

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Kenya’s Policy Options for Steady Economic Growth during the Transition

Kenya’s economy has been on a path to recovery in 2021 following the easing of Covid-19 containment restrictions. As the economy rebounds, the country heads into an election year. Against

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Computer errors in the State of the Nation Address?

President Uhuru Kenyatta on 30th November delivered his 8th State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament. In his address he reported on the

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Another contest on the way in new anti-money laundering Bill

The balance between the protection of the right to privacy and enforcing anti-money laundering laws will once again come to the fore as Parliament works to seal loopholes in the

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The Huduma Bill 2020; Impacts on Private Sector Enterprises

Businesses and the Government will have a symbiotic relationship in the use of citizens’ data under changes to the law proposed in the Huduma Bill, 2020.  The Bill is among

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The journey, and the challenges, begin for Raila

Ahead of the much-hyped ‘big announcement’ by Raila Odinga on Friday, December 10, the team organizing the event at the stadium in Kasarani, Nairobi, were worried. While the event’s outcome

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Data Protection Commissioner announces opportunities for the ODPC and stakeholders to collaborate during dual data protection report launch

Kenya’s Data Protection Commissioner Immaculate Kassait has asked stakeholders to collaborate with her office to increase awareness of Data Protection laws and simplification of the legal framework.  Ms Kassait said

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A look at the Critical Infrastructure Protection Policy

Critical infrastructure assets are designated assets or facilities, whether owned by private or public entities which are designated as essential to the provision of vital services to Kenyans for their

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Effects of Government Domestic Borrowing to Private Sector Investment in Kenya

By: John Mburu The EGCL Institute recently conducted a study on the impact that Government domestic borrowing has on private sector investment in Kenya. In summary, the study established that

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3rd December 2021 County Round Up

NYERI COUNTY The Governor of Nyeri County, Mutahi Kahiga, has appointed persons to the Nyeri County and Sub-County Alcoholic Drinks Regulations Committee, for a period of three (3) years, with

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3rd December 2021 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Debate on the President’s Address To Parliament Communication from the Chair The Speaker of the National Assembly has been invited to grace a tree-planting event dubbed ‘National Tree

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3rd December 2021 Kenya Gazette Review

National Assembly Bills, 2021  The Forest Conservation and Management (Amendment) Bill, 2021 The Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Legislative Supplements, 2021 The National Hospital Insurance Fund Act –

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3rd December 2021 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Mixed reactions greet Uhuru’s state of nation address  MPs expressed mixed reactions to President Kenyatta’s State of the Nation Address delivered to a joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday.

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Ending Aids while learning from Covid

This year’s World Aids Day celebrations, coming as the world works to push back the Covid-19 pandemic, have given the scientific and public policy community an opportunity to consider lessons

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3rd December 2021 Financial and Trade Services Round Up

KENYA Shilling hits all-time low of 112.5 to dollar The shilling has declined to a new all-time low of 112.5 against the dollar as importers increase demand for the greenback

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Tough Choices ahead for Public Universities in Kenya

The recent unravelling of major public universities in Kenya points at an urgent need for reforms, with the task likely to be taken up by the next administration.  Moi University

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As Odinga considers his choices, Mudavadi presents a familiar dilemma

Orange Democratic Movement head Raila Odinga is scheduled to make a major announcement on December 10, but observers expect no surprises as he has pointed in the direction already.  Barring

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Kenya’s Cybersecurity Priorities in a Post-Covid World

Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) with the support of UK’s Digital Access Programme convened a round table meeting to deliberate on Kenya’s common cybersecurity priorities in a post Covid-19 world

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Elections 2022: Bulk Political Messaging Do’s and Don’ts

Kenyans can expect to receive an influx of political messages as we approach the August 2022 General Election. Most political aspirants and candidates will seek to capitalize on the campaign

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No Vaccinations, No Services: Mandatory Vaccination Directive in Kenya

On Sunday, November 21, 2021, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced several strategies that are being proposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. These strategies are: Making proof of full vaccination

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26th November 2021 Financial & Trade Services Round Up

KENYA Shilling weakens further on rising dollar demand  The shilling ceded further ground to the dollar Wednesday, November 24, trading at a new low of 112.38 units amid the end

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UDA protest to CJ is louder than it sounds

Chief Justice Martha Koome has been handed yet another test in the form of a protest letter over her membership in a committee connected with the elections. The protest is

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26th November 2021 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA CMA bars ailing companies from share buybacks  The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has barred listed firms with negative equity from rolling out share buybacks, locking out cash-strapped companies from

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Kenya’s path to becoming a Green Economy: How this can be achieved?

BY: Aarti Krishnan The seventh annual Devolution Conference under the theme: Multi-level governance for climate action, has just ended in the beautiful county of Makueni. Delegates at the conference, including

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President Kenyatta reiterates Kenya’s Commitment to Climate Action

The 7th Annual Devolution Conference focused on climate change, specifically the Multi-Level Governance for Climate Action. The aim of the multi-governance approach is to strengthen sub-national governments to act on

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Communique at the End of the Seventh and Final Annual Devolution Conference in Makueni County

The Seventh and Final Annual Devolution Conference was convened jointly by the Council of Governors, the Senate, the Ministry of Devolution, and the County Assemblies Forum and was held between

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26th November 2021 County Round Up

KISUMU COUNTY  The Kisumu County Assembly has notified Members of the County Assembly and the general public that the Assembly shall have a special sitting on Thursday, 2nd December, 2021

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26th November 2021 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Communication from the Chair Public Petition for the Removal of Hon. Paul Kihara, Attorney-General. Mr. Khalifa petitions this House to initiate the process of removing from office the

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26th November 2021 Kenya Gazette Review

PUBLIC SECTOR Appointments The National Government Constituencies Development Fund Board has appointed, with the approval of the National Assembly, the members of the National Government Constituency Development Fund Committees for

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19th November 2021 County Round Up

WEST POKOT COUNTY John Krop Lonyangapuo, Governor, West Pokot County has appointed Robert Mnang’at Katina to be the County Attorney of the County Government of West Pokot, for a term

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19th November 2021 Kenya Gazette Review

National Assembly Bills, 2021 The Higher Education Loans Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Senate Bills, 2021 The Cotton Industry Development (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Legislative Supplements, 2021 The Tax Procedures (Unassembled Motorcycles)

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19th November 2021 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PAPERS LAID The following papers were laid at the Table of the House among others: Legal Notice No.222 relating to the Public Finance Management, the National Roads Toll

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19th November 2021 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

KENYA CBK Takes Baby Steps Towards Launch of Digital Currency (Source: Business today) Kenya is exploring the possibility of developing and launching a central bank digital currency (CBDC) to settle cross-border

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19th November 2021 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes (Amendment) Bill seeks to bar corrupt officials from public office (Source: Business Daily) State and public officers convicted of corruption or economic crimes will be

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Buhari signs Nigeria’s Climate Change bill into law

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday signed the Climate Change bill into law. This was made public by the president’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu. According to Mr Shehu, the Climate Change Act

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Elections 2022: The ODPC should tame political parties on data privacy breach

On June 18th 2021, the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu shared a link through which members of the public could verify their political party membership status. Many Kenyans took

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Kenya’s key economic strategies in 2022 Budget Policy Statement to spur recovery

Kenya’s economy has been on a path to recovery in 2021 following the slump in 2021 occasioned by the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is against this recovery

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Why all eyes are on Jubilee Party’s Delegates Congress

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is set to hold its National Delegates Congress on November 30, a significant meeting for the party whose future has been in doubt since the

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12th November 2021 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PAPERS LAID The following papers were laid at the Table of the House among others: Legal Notice No.163 of 2021 relating to the Retirement Benefits Individual Retirement Benefit

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12th November 2021 County Round Up

MACHAKOS COUNTY The County Assembly of Machakos has given notice that it shall hold its sittings of the 17th November, 2021, at Athi River Vocational Youth Training Center, Athi River

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12 November 2021 Kenya Gazette Review

National Assembly Bills, 2021  The Geriatric Bill, 2021 Legislative Supplements, 2021 The Public Finance Management (National Roads Toll Fund) Regulations, 2021 PUBLIC SECTOR Appointments The Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture

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12th November 2021 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Kenya’s economy rebounds 10.1%, first double-digit growth in 4 decades (Source: Business Daily) Kenya’s economy expanded 10.1 percent in the second quarter of the year on the back of

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12th November 2021 Political Round Up

KENYA Supreme Court directions on BBI appeals Key dates in summary 4th October to 5th November, 2021: First Mass voter registration 6th to 20th December, 2021: Second Mass voter registration

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The Senate Speaker’s Roundtable 2021. Economic Recovery During and Post Covid-19: Strategies and Opportunities in Building A Better Future Together

The KEPSA Senate Speaker’s Roundtable is a high level platform between the business community led by KEPSA and the Senate, to facilitate a joint review of the policy and legislative

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Greening Kenya’s Banking Sector

By Dr. Patrick Njoroge We have a problem. The recently released State of the Climate in Africa 2020 report, indicates that in 2020, the climate indicators in Africa, were characterized

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USIU-Africa kicks off an international search for a Vice-Chancellor

The United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has commenced an international executive search seeking to retain a substantive Vice-Chancellor to lead the premier higher education institution. The process will be spearheaded

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Pitch side developments: Football administration in Kenya

The Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, as widely expected, nay long anticipated, has finally cracked the whip against the Football Kenya Federation leadership. In a media communique delivered by

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New WHO report maps barriers to insulin availability and suggests actions to promote universal access

100 years after discovery, insulin still out of reach for many with diabetes Geneva, November 12, 2021 – A new report published by WHO in the lead-up to World Diabetes

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KRA’s strategy on social media surveillance explained

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) announced that it is monitoring social media posts in a bid to enhance tax compliance and nab tax cheats who have been posting their lavish

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Data Protection Act turns two years but more needs to be done to assure Kenyans

The Data Protection Act, 2019, (the DPA) was assented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 8, 2019, and came into effect on November 25, 2019. This month marks the

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Enhancing cybersecurity ahead of 2022 elections: Balancing act for new committee

The newly unveiled National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee (NC4) has been tasked with cracking down on misuse of social media especially as the country approaches the General Election in

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Martha Koome casts her lot with the President

Chief Justice Martha Koome has appealed against a ruling by the High Court that the President can be sidestepped in the process of appointing judges, effectively casting her lot with

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When parties can’t make nomination rules

The electoral commission this week announced that it had rejected the rules to govern nominations submitted by 89 parties, amongst them the two backing the biggest candidates – Raila Odinga

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5th November 2021 Kenya Gazette Review

PUBLIC SECTOR Appointments President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed:  Michael Nyachae to be the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Kenya Development

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5th November 2021 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

KENYA Equity Bank signals plan to buy stake in local rival (Source: Business Daily) Equity Group is ready to acquire a local rival if acquisition targets emerge, marking a shift

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5th November 2021 Political Round Up

KENYA Voter Registration Extended to Tuesday, November 9 The High Court in Eldoret issued orders on Monday, November 1, 2021, compelling the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to extend

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A sneak peek at China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)

On Monday, November 1, 2021, China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) took effect, months after it was promulgated by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress. This is China’s

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Kenya to work with Giants Club in Climate Mitigation

President Uhuru Kenyatta this week announced Kenya’s plan to work with African countries that form the Giants Club conservation group to raise resources for investment in the continent’s climate change

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Fine Print of Renewable Energy Sources that Developing Nations are missing

Over the last decade, the top four emitters, China, US, EU and India, have contributed to 55% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with the G20 members accounting for

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BBI speaks from Purgatory

Kenyans were this week reminded of the Building Bridges Initiative in two ways.  The first was the publication of a Bill to amend the Constitution being pushed by Kitui Senator

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The restless Ruto keeps going

Deputy President William Ruto is on a mission to visit every constituency in Kenya before the General Election.  He has, so far, held 133 meetings in 20 counties, which means

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