Thursday 27 July 2017
(Daily Nation 07/08/13)
US conglomerate General Electric and the United States Africa Development Foundation (USADF) have announced a Sh168 million (USD2 million) challenge that is aimed at supporting local energy solutions to meet the needs of communities and enterprises currently not served by the national grid system. The Challenge, launched in Nairobi on Monday will see about five qualified applicants get Sh8.4 million (USD100,000) each to implement their innovative ideas in electricity generation. They will also receive technical assistance from General Electric (GE), which is involved in power generation activities to develop and scale-up their innovations. “We bring in the technology but the indigenous people on the ground have insights on what works best for Africa and how we can localise our solutions...
(The Star 07/08/13)
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is scheduled to deliver a verdict on complaints over the eligibility of Wiper candidate Kethi Kilonzo and Narc candidate Philip Kaloki to run for the Makueni Senate seat at 2.30 this afternoon. In a hearing that began on Friday last week the IEBC’s Dispute Resolution Committee heard that Kethi was not a registered voter and the Karen polling centre where she claimed to have registered does not exist. However, Kethi insisted that she was a duly registered voter and that she was rightly cleared by the IEBC to contest the by-election scheduled for July 22. The commission was also asked to reject the candidature of Kaloki as he presented his papers after the deadline...
(In2 East Africa 07/08/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday met with former President Daniel Moi at his Kabarak residence, where they held a closed-door meeting. Uhuru, who has been on a visit to Nakuru County to open ASK Show, was accompanied by Chief of Staff and Private Secretary to the President at State House Jomo Gechaga, former Rift Valley PC Osman Warfa, Rongai MP Raymond Moi and politician Eugene Wamalwa. The last time Uhuru held a private meeting with Moi was after the March 4, General Election at his Kabarnet gardens in Nairobi. During the meeting, which lasted for one hour, the former president held talks with President Kenyatta alone and none of the aides was allowed in. “They were very jovial and nobody...
(Standard Digital 07/05/13)
Deputy President William Ruto has once more appealed to teachers to call off the strike and go back to class for the benefit of learners. Mr Ruto called on their umbrella body Kenya National Union of teachers ( Knut) to drop its hard-line stand and come to the negotiating table adding that the Government was ready and willing to address the issues raised by the teachers. However, he pointed out that going forward, the Government had resolved to adopt a structured manner in addressing the dispute ‘in accordance with the law and constitution’ unlike in the past. “We do not want confrontation based on deals cut outside the law,” he said adding that in any civilised society, people must engage...
(Capitalfm Business 07/05/13)
Nairobi — The International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Chamber V has directed the Office of the Prosecutor to give the Kenyan government adequate notice while requesting for information meant to aid its case. Trial Chamber V was responding to concerns raised by Kenya, following several accusations by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda alleging that it was frustrating her efforts to access information for her case. Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, Judge Olga Herrera and Judge Robert Fremr said that the prosecution must formally notify the Kenyan government of all relevant filings in a timely manner. The Chamber V Judges added that Kenya would get an opportunity to defend itself whenever the prosecution requested a relief claiming that Kenya was to blame. "Notwithstanding the...
(Washington Post 07/05/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya — An ambitious plan by Kenya’s government to give laptops to schoolchildren has been opposed by parents who say the money for the computers should instead go toward raising teachers’ salaries and feeding children. The program is bound to fail in a country that lacks enough teachers and where others strike regularly for better pay, Musau Ndunda of the Kenya National Association of Parents said Thursday. Kenya currently has a shortfall of 40,000 teachers, and more than 200,000 teachers in public schools across the country are currently striking over unpaid housing, transport and hardship allowances promised 16 years ago. Ndunda said Kenya also needs 42,000 classrooms. He said the money used for the laptops needs to be used...
(Ventures Africa 07/05/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Kenya’s three top billionaires have boosted their shareholding in Safaricom in the year ended May this year, as investors continue to be attracted to the telecoms giant’s surging stock price. Well-known billionaires Chris Kirubi, John Kimani and Baloobhai Patel acquired more Safaricom’s shares in the year ended May this year, according to the filings at Capital Markets Authority (CMA). According to Business Daily, Safaricom’s stock price shot up to a five-year highs in May this year, attracting interest from many investors including these billionaires. Kirubi’s shareholding surged to 5.5 million shares between February and May this year, making him one of the top 10 investors in the company. Kirubi has a total shareholding in the Nairobi Securities...
(Daily Nation 07/05/13)
Retirement benefits management company Alexander Forbes has launched a programme that will enable employees secure mortgages using their pension. Speaking in Nairobi on Friday, the Alexander Forbes group chief executive officer James Olubayi said that members can use up to 60 per cent of their accumulated benefits under the fund as security for purposes of acquiring a mortgage. “Housing needs of Kenyans by far outstrip the supply. This is now an opportunity for members of the retirement fund to leverage off their existing savings to secure a home without risking their long term financial security in retirement. Members of the retirement fund can utilise up to 60 per cent of their accumulated benefits as security for acquiring the mortgage,” said...
(New Vision 07/05/13)
The Kenyan Government and Wildlife conservationists are still investigating circumstances under which a consignment of about one and a half tones of ivory reportedly entered the country through Uganda. Officials at the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on Wednesday seized the consignment of ivory reportedly hacked out of poached elephants-the latest in a series of seizures by the Kenyan, according to Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto. The seizure of the ivory stashed in 69 bundles of several pieces and disguised as sundried fish came after 35 pieces of ivory concealed in metallic suitcases were impounded by Uganda Revenue Authority customs officials as they were being cleared at Entebbe Airport for transportation to Malaysia in July 2012. They were handed...
(The Star 07/05/13)
The Kenya Union of Post Primary teachers has called off their strike following an agreement with government that will see the union's 40,000 members receive their June salaries and commuter allowances. Although the implementation date for the agreement has not been included, the teachers are also set to receive responsibility, medical, and special schools allowances. In the agreement, the government has further committed to availing funds for the promotion of teachers as well as funds for the recruitment of 10,000 new teachers. KUPPET secretary general Akelo Misori while confirming the agreement said that it will be registered at the Industrial Court on July 15. The Teachers Service Commission's Secretary General Gabriel Lengoiboni who hosted the meeting at the TSC offices...
(Business Daily 07/05/13)
A steady rise in investor wealth at the Nairobi Securities Exchange has put a handful of little-known businessmen in the exclusive club of paper billionaires, helping the bourse to retain its record as the shortest route to fortune in Kenya. Stock market data shows that the billionaire investors with vast business interests outside the Nairobi bourse started cherry-picking stocks at the turn of the Millennium with a long-term view that has seen them rank among the wealthiest Kenyans. The list of billionaires includes Amin Nanji Juma, Baloobhai Patel, John Kibunga Kimani, Sunil Shah, Kanaksinh Karsandas and Sandip Babla. Each has an NSE stock portfolio of between Sh2 billion and Sh5 billion. Unlike the high-profile billionaires such as James Mwangi, Naushad...
(Business Daily 07/05/13)
Striking teachers risk paying the State Sh2.4 billion in fines after they disobeyed an order by the Industrial Court requiring them to resume duty on Tuesday. Attorney-General Githu Muigai Thursday filed an application at the court seeking to have each of the 240,000 teachers involved in the boycott to be fined Sh10,000. The application came just hours before President Uhuru Kenyatta pleaded again with teachers to resume classes, asking the union leaders to embrace dialogue. “We are ready to talk but we cannot do so in the streets; by shouting at each other,” Mr Kenyatta said, adding that the allowances that teachers were agitating for would be addressed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission for the entire public service. In...
(The Star 07/05/13)
Importers at the Port of Mombasa are protesting a decision by Kenya Revenue Authority to increase taxes on goods with most of them refusing to pay since Monday. This is likely to cause delays and congestion at the port facilities if the standoff is not resolved. The KRA commissioner of customs Beatrice Memo issued a notice to all importers through the KRA Simba System asking them to pay Sh1 million for 1x20ft containers and Sh2 million for 1x40ft containers. This took effect on July 1. Previously, an average minimum rate for a container would be between Sh800,000 to Sh1 million. The same container will now be taxed Sh2 million. "People have stopped paying duty after the increase. Because by paying...
(Voice of America 07/05/13)
LONDON — A new satellite system was launched into orbit last week that aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities across the globe. Its backers say it could have a big impact in rural parts of Africa by speeding up economic and social development. Others argue the huge amounts of money, however, should be spent on more basic needs. Lift-off for the O3b - or "Other 3 Billion" - satellite system occurred last week in French Guiana. The system goes "live" later this year when eight satellites will enter a lower orbit to provide a faster connection. Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others. Founder Greg Wyler said the "Other 3 Billion" are...
(The Star 07/05/13)
Kenya is aiming to grow tourist arrivals from Morocco to between 7,000 and 10,000 visitors annually in two years as part of efforts to diversify to non-traditional markets. But this will require direct flights between the countries, says Kenyan Consul to Morrocco Ali Bajaber. Bajaber says there is an opportunity in the north African nation where there is growing demand for exotic and new destinations. Kenya's wild safaris is considered one of them. However, lack of a direct flight route between Nairobi and Morroco has been hindering the realisation of this potential. Airlines that fly from Kenya to Casablanca have to go though long connecting routes. For instance, travellers can opt for Emirates via Dubai, Etihad via Abu Dhabi, Egypt...
(Capitalfm Business 07/05/13)
MOMBASA, Jul 5 – Labour Cabinet Secretary Kambi Kazungu has announced plans to step up ongoing reforms at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to guarantee the funds capacity to delivery on its social security promise. Kazungu has already endorsed plans to outsource the collection of NSSF contributions to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in coming weeks under a mutually agreed service level agreement. Speaking in Mombasa during the opening session of a two-day Labour and Social Welfare Parliamentary Committee retreat to fine-tune the draft NSSF Bill 2012, Kazungu stressed that the outsourcing of NSSF contribution collection to KRA will help plug unnecessary revenue leakages. Already, Kazungu explained satisfaction that NSSF has successfully managed to outsource its investment funds management...
(The Star 07/04/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has made a plea to public school teachers who are currently on strike to return to work and give dialogue a chance. President Kenyatta has reiterated his administration’s willingness to engage the representatives of the striking teachers in dialogue so as to find an amicable solution. “The government is ready to talk, but we cannot talk on the streets,” President Uhuru said urging the teachers to resume teaching and let their representatives in the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to reach an agreement with government representatives. President Uhuru was addressing the press at statehouse as he urged the KNUT officials to soften their tough stance and allow for negotiations. The teachers under KNUT have vowed not...
(The Star 07/04/13)
The government has dropped attempts to tax maize and wheat products in the VAT Bill 2013. A statement from the Presidential Press Service yesterday said maize flour and bread will remain zero-rated products. "Following consultations at yesterday’s Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting, it was agreed that amendments will be tabled in Parliament to allow for exemption of Maize flour and bread in the proposed VAT Bill. Members of the Jubilee Parliamentary Group agreed to support the amendment when debate on the Bill begins. A successful amendment will ensure these vital commodities continue to be zero-rated," the press release said. Former Prime minister Raila Odinga earlier yesterday led Cord in opposing the Bill unless amendments are introduced to exempt essential products from...
(Kenya Today 07/04/13)
Barrack Obama just finished his second trip in Africa in as many years of his presidency, now in the second term. Many however, are surprised that Obama ignored the country of his father in his trip. But maybe there is more than just the snub. Could Obama still be carrying grudge on the circumstances that one can say accelerated Obama Senior’s demise? Well, in the book Dreams From my Father, Auma, and Obama’s half sister narrates the following story. It could be a pointer to maybe why Obama loathes the Kenyatta’s. “Then things began to change. When Ruth gave birth to Mark and David, her attention shifted to them. The Old Man, he left the American company to work in...
(Kenya Star 07/04/13)
Officials in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have told reporters that Poached ivory tusk disguised as sun-dried fish has been seized at the port which was going to Malaysia. Officials say a large consignment of some 770 pieces ivory tusk hacked out of elephants had come from neighboring Uganda and was destined for Malaysia when it was discovered and seized by port authorities. The smugglers of the ivory were believed to have added fish to give off a spicy smell intended to throw off sniffer dogs from not recognizing the smell. The Kenyan Wildlife Service spokesman, Paul Udoto told reporters that export documents showed that the ivory had come by vehicle from landlocked Uganda on 12 June and the...

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