Combating money laundering: Setting the Criminal Assets Recovery Fund in motion will tighten the noose around the vice

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Kenya   Governors threaten to shut down counties over delayed funds Governors have threatened to shut down operations in counties should the national government fail to release KSh94 billion meant for the devolved units. The county chiefs convened a meeting on Friday to discuss the

Special Feature: Performance contracting report 2021/2022 released

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A look into some of the appointments for this week

Legislative Supplements, 2023         The Public Order (Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, West Pokot, Samburu and Laikipia Counties) Curfew Extension Order No. 3 of 2023;         The Public Order (Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, West Pokot, Samburu and Laikipia Counties) Extension

Use of multiple bank accounts declines to 48pc

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1 in 6 people globally affected by infertility: WHO

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BRICS at a glance: Funding opportunities for Africa and the risks

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PSC lauds public institutions for improvement in compliance

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Cyber security in Kenya: Lessons to learn from attack on state agency and insurance firm

“First, they came for the public sector, then for the private sector, then they came for government officials” So would run a poem about the recent happenings in the cybersecurity sector in Kenya. On March 1, 2023, Medusa, a ransomware organisation, targeted Kenya and hacked

Ruto-Raila truce: Eyes on the dialogue and potential outcome

On Sunday evening, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga suspended the bi-weekly countrywide protests over soaring costs of living and the alleged rigging of the August 2022 General Election, to allow for dialogue with the government. The move came after President

What happened in Parliament this week?

National Assembly   The National Assembly is currently on a short recess until Tuesday, April 11, 2023.   The Senate Statements     Sen. Hezena Lemaletian made a statement regarding the water crisis in northern parts of Kenya.     Sen. Godfrey Osotsi sought a

Cynthia Liavule Aswani appointed as a member of the Mediation and Accreditation Committee

More on this week’s Kenya gazette: Bills & Legislative Supplements, 2023   Senate Bills, 2023 The Coffee Bill, 2023   National Assembly Bills, 2023 The Public Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023 The Regional Development Authorities Bill, 2023 The Crops (Amendment) Bill, 2023   Legislative Supplements,

President Ruto saves Airtel Kenya, Amazon from forced stake sale

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What Joe Biden’s envoy told Raila, Gachagua

Kenya What Joe Biden’s envoy told Raila, Gachagua Opposition leader Raila Odinga stuck to his guns in a meeting with a United States delegation seeking a truce, as it emerged Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua flatly rejected any overtures to have him join the government. While

‘Maandamano’ Monday and Thursday: Analysis of possible solutions to end demonstrations

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

Adopting beneficial ownership transparency to tame financial secrecy

Several African states have taken steps to curb financial secrecy by adopting beneficial ownership transparency where the ultimate owners of an entity such as a business, are disclosed through a central public registry. The ultimate owners are natural persons who ultimately have the right to

What happened in Parliament this week?

Tuesday 21st March 2023 National Assembly       Motions       Reduction of the publication period of a bill       Report on the consideration of the Draft Salaries and Remuneration Commission (Remuneration and Benefits of State and Other Public Officers) Regulations,

Ex-CoB Agnes Odhiambo, former solicitor-general Ken Ogeto land jobs in Ruto’s govt

Kenya Ex-CoB Agnes Odhiambo, former solicitor-general Ken Ogeto land jobs in Ruto’s govt Former Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo and immediate-former solicitor-general Kennedy Ogeto have landed new roles in President William Ruto’s government.  Ms Odhiambo has been named the head of Government Delivery Services while

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What happened in the Counties this week?

SIAYA ·         The Governor of Siaya County, James Orengo SC, in concurrence with approval by the County Assembly of Siaya of the request on the grant of a Municipal Charter, granted a Municipal Charter to the Municipality of Bondo in a

What happened in Parliament this week?

The National Assembly  Tuesday, March 14, 2023 MOTIONS Report on the Consideration of the 2023 Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy. Report on the Consideration of the Draft Salaries and Remuneration Commission (Remuneration and Benefits of State and Other Public Officers) Regulations, 2022. Report of Sessions of

Govt won’t allow loss of life, destruction of property

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Fighting destruction of the environment through peacemaking efforts and environmental management

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Now Cabinet Secretaries to answer questions in Parliament after amendment of Standing Orders

The National Assembly recently adopted the Report of the Procedure and House Rules Committee that amended various sections of the Standing Orders that now allow the Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) to physically appear before the National Assembly and answer questions. Standing Orders are the rules and

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Class action suits are a legal redress mechanism that enables a group of individuals with a similar claim to sue a defendant as a collective. In Kenya, class action suits have been on the rise in recent years, with a growing number of litigants seeking

Employee’s Right to Disconnect: Comparing Kenya’s proposal and the French perspective to inform possible lessons for corporates

Background Do we need a new labour law or improve on the existing one to capture the new realities? This remains the fundamental question in the minds of stakeholders against the backdrop of embracing information and communication technology (ICT) in the workplace. The advent, growth

Search for new brooms at IEBC sets the ball rolling for 2027 General Election

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We will actualize the two-third gender rule, Speaker Moses Wetangula says

7th March Court Upheld Election of Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga, Dr. Evans Kidero to pay Ksh. 3.5 million. 8th March National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula said that 13th Parliament will actualize two-thirds gender rule. 9th March Drama as Jubilee’s Jeremiah Kioni and Kanini Kega

What happened in Parliament this week? A snip shot

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday The National Assembly Morning Session Motions  Development of Policy on Standardisation and Production of School Uniforms in the Country Continuous Registration of Beneficiaries to the Older Persons Cash Transfer Programme in the Country Policy Formulation on Implementation and Enhancement of EPZ Programmes

President William Ruto appoints Board members of key government bodies

Legislative Supplements  The Statutory Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2023 The Wildlife Conservation and Management (Amendment) Bill, 2023  Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2023   Schedule of Electricity Tariffs  The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority has issued a schedule of tariffs 2018 for electricity tariffs, charges, prices and rates.

Impact of climate change on health in Kenya and possible way out

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Chasing Zero: Achieving net-zero by 2050 calls for great sacrifices by all stakeholders

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a call to action, stating that global CO2 emissions must reach net-zero by approximately 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and prevent the most severe consequences of climate change. Achieving this

Courts and legal sanctions on corporate environmentalism and greenwashing: Why corporates need to be alert!

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CBK Deputy Governor nominee Susan Koech appeared before the National Assembly for vetting. 

CBK Deputy Governor nominee Susan Koech appeared before the National Assembly for vetting.  The tribunal formed to consider the petition for removal of Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya from office as members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) recommended

Competition Authority of Kenya to carry out a study into the Online Food Delivery and Groceries Platforms in Kenya.

THE SUPREME COURT The Chief Justice/President of the Supreme Court of Kenya has gazetted that the Supreme Court Easter recess will commence on Thursday, March 30, 2023, and terminate on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, both days inclusive. The duty judge will be available during recess

Curbing healthcare brain drain: A look at the proposed migration workforce policy

In a recently leaked Cabinet memo, the Ministry of Health signaled its plans to initiate and put in place restrictions to deter unemployed medics from seeking employment opportunities abroad. The major reason cited by the ministry for this approach is the shortage of health workers

Reading between the lines of the controversy, protests and closure of China Square

China Square is a retail supermarket at Unicity Mall off Thika Superhighway and is owned by Kenyatta University. The mall was conceived as a project to bring in funds to the university but since its opening in 2016 has not attracted a lot of footprint

24th February 2023 County Round Up

  LAIKIPIA The Governor of Nyandarua County has appointed various persons to be members of an ad hoc committee to consider and advise on the recommendation for the conferment of municipality status to Nanyuki Town for a period of 1 year, with effect from 6th

24th February 2023 Kenya Gazette

Legislative Supplements, 2023 The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill, 2023. The Public Order (Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, West Pokot, Samburu and Laikipia Counties) Curfew Order No. 1 of 2023. The Public Order (Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, West Pokot, Samburu and Laikipia Counties) Curfew Order No.

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

17th February 2023 Parliamentary Round Up

On Tuesday, 14th February THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MOTION Appointment of members to the House Business Committee. THE SENATE MOTION  Approval of Senators to serve in the Senate Business Committee.   On Wednesday, 15th February THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY     Limitation of debate on Bills sponsored

17th February 2023 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya Nairobi plans new zoning policy as exclusivity wanes Nairobi is considering a new zoning policy, which will reclassify some estates as residential or mixed-use neighbourhoods at a time some suburbs are coming under pressure from a previous reclassification that has hurt their exclusivity. Speaking

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

UNEP fostering environmental sustainability in East Africa through multilateral agreements

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is tasked with promoting environmental sustainability all over the world. As the first environmental agency in the United Nations system, it was founded in 1972. The UNEP aims to promote environmental sustainability by offering direction, assistance, and resources to

10th February 2023 County Round Up

Kilifi The County Government of Kilifi appoints members to the Kilifi County Budget and Economic Forum. The Governor also extends the period for the completion of the work of the Taskforce on Pending Bills Verification in Kilifi County Government by a period of sixty (60)

Finger on the Pulse

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki warned Azimio leader Raila Odinga and his team against breaking the law during their public barazas. Vihiga Senator Godfrey Osotsi told off Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua over devolution funds saying that the DP was unfit to protect the devolution that Kenyans

10th February 2023 Kenya Gazette

New Appointments The New Kenya Co-Operative Creameries- David Maina Kamiru (Chairperson) The New Kenya Planters Co-Operative Union- Daniel Chemno (Chairperson) The Kenya Industrial Estates- Lily Ng’ok (Chairperson) Kenyatta National Hospital- Samier Muravvej (Dr .) (Chairperson) The National Housing Corporation- Yusuf Chanzu (Chairperson) Competition Authority- Shaka

10th February 2023 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya KRA set to tax hedging profits under new rules Kenyans engaging in transactions with foreigners to cushion them from volatility in financial markets will now be required to account for any profit realised by non-resident parties and remit tax on the same to the

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

Communications Authority emerging technologies regulatory sandbox: A Primer

The Communications Authority of Kenya in January sent out a call for public consultation for emerging technologies regulatory sandbox. A regulatory sandbox can be considered as a regulatory space where a regulator allows anyone within the delimited space and time to test out business models,

Sensible or an overkill: Where do the NSSF increments fall?

When the fourth president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, assented to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Act, 2013 early on in his first term, he may never have envisioned the controversy that was ahead. A decade later, the NSSF Act 2013 is yet to be

National Treasury Draft Green Fiscal Incentives Policy Framework

The National Treasury recently published the Draft Green Fiscal Incentives Policy Framework “the Framework” to steer Kenya’s economy onto a desired low-carbon climate-resilient green development which is critical in achieving a green economy. The Framework sets out actions and economic mechanisms to be undertaken by

3rd February 2023 County Round Up

  TRANZOIA The Governor has extended the term for the taskforce appointed vide Gazette Notice No. 12643 of 2022, for a further period of thirty (30) days. Further, he appointed several persons to be Committee Members of the Taskforce Inquiring into Issues Pertaining to Public

Finger on the Pulse

On Monday 30th President William Ruto said that every Kenyan is expected to pay taxes, amid a standoff with the Opposition. Korogocho MCA Absalom Odhiambo was arrested in Nairobi over his remarks during a rally last week that were deemed inciteful. On 2nd February Jubilee

3rd February Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya EPRA reveals second plan to increase cost of power The Water Resources and Management Authority (WARMA) is the latest State entity to seek a bigger pie of the electricity bills in what looks set to further increase the cost of power. WARMA has applied

Cause of delay to broaden revenue base via minimum tax

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What you need to know about embedding Privacy by Design to protect personal data

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27th January 2023 Trade and Financial Services Round Up

Kenya Banks’ Sh224bn record profits signal bonus, dividends boom Banks’ pre-tax profits for 11 months to November last year hit a record Sh223.7 billion on increased lending, setting the stage for a dividend windfall for owners when full-year results are announced in March. Central Bank

Understanding the Cytonn Schemes under liquidation

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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  

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

20th January 2023 Political and Regulatory Round Up

 Kenya  Senators approve changes to IEBC law  Senators have approved the IEBC (Amendment) Bill 2022, the proposed law that seeks to change composition of the selection panel to recruit poll commissioners.  The legislators spent most of Thursday debating the Bill that will affect appointments of

ChatGPT issues: Regulations, policies and implications on fintech companies

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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

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

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

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

Tricky role for Gachagua in new order

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was this week handed the responsibility of handling relations between the county and national governments, putting him in charge of a tricky but important role. The Deputy President is by default the head of the Inter-Governmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC),

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.

16th December 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Ruto secures bag of goodies on US tour President William Ruto has called on the US to review its economic partnership with Africa, saying the latter must be regarded as an investment destination rather than a market for finished goods, even as he sealed


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

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

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

2nd September 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Chebukati role: Lawyers disagree in petition row Lawyers representing electoral agency chairman Wafula Chebukati yesterday defended his role as the presidential election returning officer, citing a 2017 Supreme Court ruling they said provided clarity on the matter. Mr Chebukati’s role in the presidential election

26th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Karua: 19 foreigners, two Kenyans helped rig election  The 2022 presidential election was rigged way before August 9 through 21 individuals— 19 foreigners and two Kenyans—who had access to the electoral agency’s technology, Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua

19th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Raila Odinga’s grip on Coast weakened as William Ruto’s poll strategy pays off Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga may have won the vote battle in Coast, but President-elect William Ruto made significant inroads in the region the former

Safeguarding ICT customers through Consumer Protection Guidelines and Customer Care standards

Kenya’s ICT regulator, Communications Authority, has released guidelines to clarify how the Authority expects licensed service providers to respect and protect ICT consumers’ rights and encourage best practices by licensed service providers and promote the provision of high-quality services to consumers. The Customer Protection Guidelines

12th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Swearing-in date of president-elect to be public holiday, Kinyua says The date of the swearing in of the president-elect will be declared a public holiday, Kinyua clarified, adding that the mandate of the committee will be triggered once the electoral commission formally announces a

5th & 12th August 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

Legislative Supplements, 2022 The Public Order (State Curfew) Elgeyo Marakwet County, Baringo County, West Pokot County Order, 2022 . The Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Order, 2022. The Regulation of Wages (Agricultural Industry) (Amendment) Order, 2022. The Capital Markets (Licensing Requirements) (General) (Amendment)

5th August 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Uhuru plotting to disrupt elections, William Ruto now says  Deputy President William Ruto Thursday launched a scathing attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta, accusing his boss of planning to disrupt the General Election set for Tuesday. The Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate claimed the president

29th July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Ruto closing in on Raila lead, latest Tifa poll shows Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga is still the most popular presidential candidate at 46.7 percent, but Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto is closing in on him at 44.6 percent, a new Tifa opinion

22nd July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Venezuelan found with IEBC stickers detained at airport  Preparations for the upcoming elections were Thursday thrown into confusion after customs officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) detained suspicious election material from a foreigner who had just arrived in the country. Venezuelan Comarco

15th July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Inside UDA’s strategy to gain control of Parliament and the county assemblies  Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) will have a head start in the battle for control of the National Assembly, the Senate, County Assemblies and the Council of Governors. An

8th July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Boycott election? Never, we’re not cowards, vows Azimio flagbearer Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has declared that his team will not boycott the August 9 General Election even as he exuded confidence that they would win by more than

1st July 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Raila heads to Migori, Ruto expected to unveil manifesto Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga will on Thursday take his campaigns to Migori county. His running mate Martha Karua will take the Azimio gospel to Kisii County. This is part of their planned five-day tour

Managing waste sustainably in Kenya: An overview of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations

No year has proven to be a momentous year for environmental management and conservation in Kenya than 2022. On June 16, 2022, the Senate passed the Sustainable Waste Management Bill, 2021, giving rise to a new order for efficient waste management, and propelling Kenya a

24th June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Why Ruto changed tune on his plan to abolish CBC Deputy President William Ruto has made a major turnabout on an earlier pledge to abolish the competency-based curriculum (CBC). Dr Ruto has instead promised a hybrid system of education if his Kenya Kwanza Alliance

17th June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA DCI links Sakaja to global crime ring as ‘fake’ degree saga takes another twist  Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was Thursday night facing arrest after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said that he was a suspect in an international criminal syndicate even as his

Under pressure, IEBC needs to manage stakeholders

It will take a special process for the National Assembly to hold a sitting following last Thursday’s adjournment of its sittings indefinitely. Among the institutions that had hoped to have its issues resolved before the legislators effectively closed shop was the electoral commission, which had

10th June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Block These People From Polls, EACC Tells Chebukati The anti-corruption watchdog Thursday put pressure on 241 aspirants facing integrity probes barred from contesting in the forthcoming General Election. However, efforts by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) were opposed by the electoral commission, which

3rd June 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Inside the deal that saw Kalonzo rejoin Azimio coalition Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has secured Cabinet slots and a commitment of law change to create the post of Prime Minister, which he will hold, should Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga form the next government.

Enhancing telecommunication interoperability in Kenya: A Peek at Draft Interconnection Regulations, 2022

The draft  Kenya Information and Communications Act (Interconnection) Regulations form part of a series of features highlighting the salient details of the four draft regulations published by the Ministry of ICT.  Why is it important At its core, the draft Interconnection Regulations have been developed

27th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA In the Iron Lady of Kenyan politics, a statement of belief Raila Odinga’s running mate Martha Karua has excited sections of the population, especially the millions of Kenyan women and young girls who see her as the embodiment of a promise come true. Whether

ICT infrastructure sharing: A close dissection of the draft regulation with hopes to accelerate digitisation of the Kenyan economy

From fibre optic cables to telecommunication masts, multimedia gateways to mobile money transfer platforms, the development and deployment of tangible and intangible ICT infrastructure is an extremely capital-intensive undertaking.  ICT infrastructure rollout and availability is critical to ensure access to reliable digital services. In a

The clock is ticking for corporations to integrate ESG systems into their frameworks

On November, 29, 2021, the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) launched its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Disclosures Guidance Manual. These guidelines require that companies listed on the NSE report publicly on their ESG performance at least annually. Why is this important? Well, under the Code

20th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Fresh hurdle as Raila’s Azimio legality challenged in court Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party, one of the two major political formations in the lead-up to the August 9 elections, faces a fresh hurdle after two petitioners challenged its legality at the High

13th May 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

KENYA Mudavadi, Karua lead in running mate race, Wiper Party boss a distant second Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Narc Kenya colleague Martha Karua are the most preferred running mates for Deputy President William Ruto and his main challenger Raila Odinga,

Proposed Regulations on Share Buybacks under the draft Capital Markets (Securities)(Public Offers Listings and Disclosure) Regulations, 2022

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has published draft rules that will, among other things, provide for share buybacks by listed companies in Kenya. Despite the Companies Act, 2015, introducing the concept of share buyback in the country, the CMA expressed concerns that the move could