Wednesday 18 October 2017
(Business Daily 07/25/13)
Vehicle importers have sighed with relief after the Kenya Revenue Authority allowed them to remove cars without number plates from customs warehouses as they continue to contend with rising storage charges and congestion at the port of Mombasa. The country is currently facing a major shortage of number plates, with importers incurring huge costs for storage as their units remain locked up in customs yards. KRA requires that all imported vehicles be fitted with number plates before leaving the port as a way curbing tax evasion. But in a conditional waiver aimed at easing the burden on importers and averting congestion at the port, KRA Wednesday said vehicles would be allowed out of port without number plates as long as...
(The Star 07/25/13)
Residents of Nairobi will experience a water shortage from August 1 to 2 as the Nairobi Water Company as the Nairobi Water Company is scheduled to shut down the Ngethu Water Treatment plant. The company has said this is to facilitate major repairs at the plant with the aim of increasing water supply in the county. “The repairs include some rehabilitation works at Mwagu Intake and modifications at the inlet of the Ngethu Water Treatment Plant.” the Nairobi Water Company said. Some of the areas that will be affected include Lavington,Westlands,Southlands,part of Langata, areas along Ngong Road, Waiyaki Way, Thika Road Juja Road Mombasa road Jogoo Road Outer-Ring Road Naivasha Road and Limuru Road. The Company has advised residents in...
(This Day Live 07/25/13)
African countries and their communities have been told they can effectively end ‘land grabs,’ grow significantly more food across the region, and transform their development prospects if they can modernise the complex governance procedures that govern land ownership and management over the next decade. This was revealed in a new World Bank report titled Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity released on Monday in Washington, US, which also noted that Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world with 47.5 per cent of the population living below $1.25 a day. The detailed report noted that sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly half of the world’s usable, uncultivated land but so far the continent has not been able to develop...
(Standard Digital 07/25/13)
CORD leader Raila Odinga will on Thursday lead governors to a summit in the United States of America. The governors drawn from Cord coalition will among other engagements meet and make presentations to potential investors mainly drawn from the US. The Cord team includes Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Cornel Rasanga Amoth (Siaya), John Nyangarama---Nyamira, Cyprian Otieno Awiti (Homa Bay), Sospeter Odeke Ojaamong (Busia), Amason Jeffa Kingi (Kilifi), Josephat Koli Nanok (Turkana), David Kepue Nkedienye (Kajiado), Jack Ranguma (Kisumu), and James Ongwae (Kisii). According to communication from the former Prime Minister’s secretariat, the governors will make presentations on various opportunities in their Counties that are open to foreign investors and the priorities. They are also expected to explore existing opportunities for mutual...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
CAPITOL HILL — Prospective U.S. diplomats to Africa say President Barack Obama’s recent trip to the continent underscored persistent challenges and vast opportunities that cry out for robust and sustained American engagement. Administration nominees for the State Department’s top Africa post, as well as numerous ambassadorships, testified Wednesday at their Senate confirmation hearing. During his three-nation trip to Africa earlier this month, Obama unveiled initiatives to boost electric service on the continent, increase trade and commercial ties, and help groom Africa’s next generation of leaders. But more must be done, according to Democratic Senator Chris Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa. “President Obama’s recent trip was a positive demonstration of U.S. commitment, and the president’s initiatives...
(Daily Nation 07/25/13)
Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau has urged former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to stop ‘polarising’ the country by insisting that he was rigged out during the last elections. Mr Kamau took a swipe at Mr Odinga for his recent anti-government remarks. The MP said it would be prudent for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader to understand he lost the presidential election and desist from post-elections politics. On Tuesday, Mr Odinga told mourners in Kisii that he was rigged out during the March 4 General Election. "For the country to be able to move ahead, the former prime minister must stop polarising the country by insinuating that he was rigged out yet he even lodged a petition at the Supreme Court,”...
(Daily Nation 07/25/13)
Kenya and Uganda will put the company that runs the rail network between the two countries under closer scrutiny amidst increasing dissatisfaction with its performance. On Tuesday, Transport and Infrastructure ministers from the two countries revealed that they would convene a railway commission monthly to review Rift Valley Railways’ (RVR) performance. “Both countries express concern over RVR, especially looking at its entire performance. We noted that the cargo handled by RVR has been declining,” said Transport and Infrastructure cabinet secretary, Mr Michael Kamau. RVR has signed a 25-year concession agreement with Kenya and Uganda to manage the railway network that spans the two countries. However, Mr Kamau said the company had not been performing as expected. According to the Kenya...
(Standard Digital 07/25/13)
The European Union said will give Kenya Sh40 billion between 2014 and 2020, for use in agriculture and other sectors, extending an aid programme to the African country. While on a tour of the Kisumu-based a tsetse repellent project yesterday, the EU Head of Delegation, Lodewijk Briet, said the funding is likely to rise to as much as Sh50 billion as programmes are developed. “After coming out of its first peaceful elections in decades, the country has a real opportunity to grow and benefit all Kenyans,” Briet said. “Kenya faces many challenges on its path to growth. The EU and its members are ready to assist. The EU gave Kenya Sh46 billion in its last aid programme between 2008 and...
(The Associated Press 07/24/13)
Civil rights activists accused Kenya’s new government on Tuesday of using the police to crush dissent, following the interrogation of a political aide to Kenya’s foremost opposition leader over an alleged plan to foster an insurrection. Eliud Owalo, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s campaign manager during his presidential bid this year, was interviewed by officers with the Criminal Investigation Department for a second time on Monday on allegations he plotted to initiate ‘‘an Egyptian-style uprising,’’ said his lawyer Harun Ndubi. The department alleged that Owalo has received or is about to receive money from foreign sources to instigate trouble, and that he has been holding secret meetings with youth as part of the plan to cause chaos, according to Ndubi...
(Reuters 07/24/13)
NAIROBI, July 24 (Reuters) - Kenya said it would cut red tape holding up millions of dollars of imports into its landlocked neighbours Rwanda and Uganda, by letting the countries collect customs on goods as they arrive in its port at Mombasa. Goods can currently face long delays as agents process the paperwork to release cargoes from warehouses at east Africa's biggest port, and later make separate arrangements to pay import duties at Kenya's borders with Uganda and Rwanda. Tax officials said the new system, due to be introduced in August, would clear inefficiencies and blockages seen as a major barrier to trade in the region. But clearing agents in Kenya said it could also cost thousands of jobs in...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/24/13)
NAIROBI | Wed Jul 24, 2013 (Reuters) - Kenyan police discovered a large quantity of explosives packed in boxes on a bus in the capital Nairobi that was headed to a town in the coastal region, a senior officer said on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear who was behind the consignment - of 403 rolls of ammonium nitrate - but Kenya has suffered a series of grenade and gun attacks since October 2011 when its troops went into neighboring Somalia in pursuit of al Qaeda-linked insurgents it blames for kidnapping security personnel and Western tourists from its territory. The sometimes deadly attacks, in Nairobi, on the Indian Ocean coast and regions bordering Somalia, have rattled investors and tourists in...
(Business Week 07/24/13)
NAIROBI, KENYA – The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) announced last week a 13% rise in revenue collection during the 2012/2013 financial year. The taxman told reporters in Nairobi last week, overall revenue collection had gone up by some $1.1 billion a growth attributable to improvements in revenue collection channels and the sealing of various corruption and tax evasion loopholes. According to KRA Commissioner General, John Njiraini, the rise in revenue collection was also driven by increased vibrancy in the Medium and Small Taxpayers segment which recorded a 20.2% growth. “There was a general increase in business vibrancy in the middle and small taxpayers segment which heavily contributed to the good revenue collection. We will continue sealing corruption and evasion loopholes...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/24/13)
(Reuters) - The European Union said on Wednesday it will give Kenya 40 billion shillings ($458.45 million) between 2014 and 2020, for use in agriculture and other sectors, extending an aid program to the African country. The EU said the amount could be higher. It gave Kenya 46 billion shillings in its last aid program between 2008 and 2012. The EU said in a statement it was still in discussions with the Kenyan government on where the 40 billion shillings would be spent. Sectors that EU assistance has targeted in the past have included education, energy, roads and health. "The funding amount is likely to rise to as much as 50 billion (shillings) as programs are developed and details confirmed,"...
(Business Week 07/24/13)
NAIROBI, KENYA - Kenyans are bracing for another hike in fuel prices following the decision by the government to slap a new tax levy on all imported goods. The hiked prices could come into force as early as next month during the monthly fuel review by the national regulator, Energy Regulatory Authority (ERC). Kenya is currently and net importer of oil and it forms a huge chunk of the country’s import bill apart from machinery. Oil marketers in the country have already sounded the alarm bells indicating that the industry has no option but to pass the new 1.5 per cent levy on all imported goods to the consumers. The marketers accused the ERC of not factoring the levy in...
(Voice of America 07/24/13)
Malaria infections, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, are responsible for the deaths of some 200,000 newborns and 10,000 new mothers each year. The parasitic illness can also cause miscarriage and premature birth, increasing the risk of death. There are low cost, lifesaving interventions to prevent infection, yet, according to a new study, there are significant barriers to implementing them. For the past 20 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that pregnant women in areas with high rates of malaria receive insecticide-treated bed nets and periodic doses of a cheap drug to prevent the disease. Yet, despite relatively high attendance at clinics for expectant mothers and their newborns throughout sub-Saharan Africa, statistics show that just a little over 21 percent...
(Ghana Business News 07/24/13)
It will cost Africa $4.5 billion over the next ten years in order to bring proper reforms into managing the continent’s ‘rich’ land, says a new World Bank report published July 22, 2013. According to the report, “Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity,” African countries could effectively end ‘land grabs,’ if the complex land ownership and management is mordernized through governance procedures. The World Bank therefore suggests a number of steps and policies that can bring major changes in the continent’s land governance. “It would cost African countries and their development partners, including the private sector, $4.5 billion spread over ten years to scale up these policy reforms and investments,” said the Bank. The report suggests that Africa could finally...
(Daily Nation 07/23/13)
President Kenyatta has named a 10-member taskforce to rationalise the management of parastatals and align them to new Constitution and the Counties. The members of the taskforce who represent both government and the private sector include: Abdikadir Mohamed (Executive Office of the President), Dr Kamau Thugge (National Treasury) and Mugo Kibati (Vision 2030). Others are Korir Sing’oei (Deputy President’s Office), Stella Kilonzo (Private Sector), Angalie Mediratta (Private Sector), Isaac Awuondo (Commercial Bank of Africa), Nelson Kuria (CIC Group), Carole Kariuki (KEPSA) and Edward Burbidge (Burbidge Capital Ltd). The Taskforce’s Secretariat will comprise members of the State Corporations Advisory Committee (SCAC). Economic and Political Advisors in the Office of the President and the Inspector-General of Corporations will be ex-officio members.The team...
(Bloomberg 07/23/13)
When Kenya sent troops to Somalia in October 2011 to fight al-Qaeda-inspired al-Shabaab militants, it vowed to pull them out by Christmas. More than 20 months on, there’s no sign they’ll leave soon. Kenya’s 700-kilometer (435-mile) eastern border is full of menace: from the south near the Somali port of Kismayo that’s in striking distance of its white-sand beaches, to the arid northeast, which has been hit by bombings, kidnappings and clan violence over politics, land and water. Zaddock Syong’oh, a Kenyan Foreign Ministry policy adviser, says Kenya won’t leave until Somalia is stable. The longer Kenya stays, the weaker its relations with the Somali government. It supports the creation of a semi-autonomous state of Jubaland in the south as...
(Business Daily 07/23/13)
The Industrial Court has stamped its authority on defiant litigants by fining the Kenya National Union of Teachers and two of its top officials Sh6 million for contempt. Justice Linnet Ndolo on Monday fined Knut Sh5 million, its chairman Wilson Sossion and acting secretary-general Mudzo Nzili Sh500,000 each for not calling off the teachers strike as per her orders three weeks ago. “It (contempt fine) has nothing to do with the ego of the judge or the Judiciary; it’s about the safeguarding the rule of the law. A court order is not a mere opinion,” said justice Ndolo on Monday in her ruling. The two officials faced 30 days in jail in lieu of the fine which they paid Monday...
(Voice of America 07/23/13)
NAIROBI — Former Kenya prime minister Raila Odinga is accusing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government of planning chaos in the country, before the ICC trials of the president and his deputy William Ruto in September and November. The Kenyan officials are accused of helping organize post-election violence that killed more than 1,100 people five years ago. In an interview with local media late Sunday, Raila Odinga accused the new Kenyan government of creating a political crisis in the country. The former prime minister said the government wanted to show Kenya was not governable as its president and his deputy prepared for trials at the Hague in the coming months. “I know some people are trying to create a situation in the...

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