Saturday 24 February 2018
(The Star 07/16/13)
Teachers have defied a return-to-work-order issued yesterday by the government. A spot check in public schools in Nairobi have revealed that both teachers and students are not present. This is despite a directive from Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi stating that teachers who do not report back to work this morning will be deemed to have absconded duty. The Education Secretary told teachers who are currently on a four week strike to go back to classes by today or face disciplinary actions. He said teachers who do not comply with the directive risk losing their jobs. Kaimenyi further said parents should ensure that students report to school at 8am today. On Sunday Knut officials also rejected an appeal by President Uhuru...
(Daily Nation 07/16/13)
Bankers have asked the government to allow them more time before they commence the collection of a new tax that is expected to increase the cost of financial services by at least 10 per cent. The Kenya Bankers’ Association (KBA) yesterday said its members require more time to enhance their systems in order to factor in the new tax in their service fees. The lobby now wants the law amended to push the effective date of the excise duty from June 18 to August 1 when the banks will be able to collect the levy “on a vast majority” of transactions. “Computer software used by banks is not capable of calculating or charging excise duty in its current state. In...
(Standard Digital 07/16/13)
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s aide Eliud Owalo has been summoned by police over allegations of a plot to destabilise the government. Owalo said he will report to CID headquarters at 4 pm Tuesday with his lawyers to listen to the complaint that the officers claim they have on him. Mr Owalo said he fears the Jubilee government has hatched a plan to silence government critics. “My considered opinion is that this is yet another act of political intimidation aimed at silencing divergent political views, which in my considered opinion is unacceptable in the current political dispensation,” said Owalo in a Facebook posting. Officers from the Serious Crimes Unit headed by Mr John Kariuki are the ones who have “urgently”...
(Standard Digital 07/16/13)
Deputy President William Ruto Tuesday said the government will restructure the key funds in the country to enhance efficiency and delivery of services. He said the management structures of National Hospital Insurance Fund and the National Social Security Fund must be reformed to enhance efficiency in collection of contributions. Ruto said there is need to increase contribution by members to make funds viable. The Deputy President spoke when he met the National Executive Committee (NEC) members of the Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) led by the Secretary General Francis Atwoli. “The concept of universal health care is at the heart of the Jubilee manifesto and for that reason we intend to overhaul the system to make it accountable,” said...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto will be tried for crimes against humanity in The Hague in September, the International Criminal Court said on Monday, slapping down a request by defence lawyers to have the hearing moved to Africa. "The judges of the ICC have decided... that the commencement of the trial against William Ruto will take place at the seat of the court in The Hague, Netherlands," the tribunal said in a statement. Ruto, 46, faces three counts of crimes against humanity over deadly violence that erupted in Kenya after elections in late 2007, which claimed some 1,100 lives and displaced around 600,000 others. The Hague-based court last month set September 10 as the start date for the trial of...
(Daily Nation 07/15/13)
Deputy President William Ruto will have to travel to The Hague for the beginning of the trial of the charges of crimes against humanity arising from the 2007/8 post election violence. Monday, 18 judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) voted against Mr Ruto’s application to be tried in Kenya or in Arusha Tanzania. A shot statement released by the ICC stated that the judges had turned down a recommendation by their colleagues at the Trial Chamber hearing the case against the Deputy President and former Kass FM Radio presenter Joshua arap Sang. “ICC Ruto trials will take place in The Hague. The judges plenary declined the recommendation to hold the trials in Kenya or Arusha,” a short statement sent...
(Mail & Guardian 07/15/13)
Kenya's energy regulator had to raise its retail price of petrol and diesel due to a weaker local currency and rising global oil prices. Kenya's energy regulator raised retail fuel prices for petrol and diesel on Sunday due to rising global oil prices and a weaker local currency, while decreasing the price of kerosene. Fuel prices greatly impact the rate of inflation in the east African economy. The rate rose to 4.91% in June from 4.05% a month earlier. The economy heavily depends on diesel for transport, power generation and agriculture. Kerosene is used in many households for lighting and cooking. The Energy Regulatory Commission reviews domestic energy prices every month, with adjustments made depending on fluctuations in international energy...
(Standard Digital 07/15/13)
Deputy President William Ruto said the Government will serve all Kenyans equally irrespective of their political affiliations. Ruto emphasized that under the Jubilee government no Kenyan will be discriminated against on the basis of tribe, religion, colour, or political persuasion. “I want to assure all Kenyans that we will not discriminate against anybody as a government. Rest assured that regardless of the party you voted for in the previous election, this government will serve you because you are a Kenyan’’, he said. Addressing faithfuls at the Kimbo All Nations Gospel Church in Githurai, Kiambu County, where he attended Sunday service, Ruto said that the Government was committed to fulfill all the pledges made on the campaign trail to uplift the...
(Ventures-Africa 07/15/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Kenyan government has failed to move on Brazil’s offer to back the East African country’s pursuit for biofuel energy programmes. It is three years since Brazil and Kenya signed the cooperation in which the South American country undertook to give technical and financial back up to boost Kenya’s alternative energy programmes. “Brazil is still ready to offer that support but we are yet to be approached by the Kenyan government,” Business Daily quoted Brazil’s ambassador to Kenya, Marcela Nicodemus, as saying. She made these comments at the second edition of Brazilian Eastern Africa Expo. The expo aims to find more investment prospects for businesses from Brazil on the field of biofuel energy. Nicodemus said Kenya’s inactivity...
(In2 East Africa 07/15/13)
Foreign investors who have been relocating from the country due to lack of land will soon be a happy lot as the National Land Commission (NLC) embarks on aggregating land parcels for future development. The commission last week warned that any non-citizen who may have not used land for the 99 years will not have his/her lease renewed and instead the commission will not hesitate to convert the property into public land. The commission chairman Mohammad Swazuri has hinted that non-citizens who have not been utilising their land for the 99 years are not likely to have their tenancy renewed. “Renewal of the lease will be based on how a non-citizen has been utilising the land for the said period,”...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/15/13)
UNITED NATIONS — A confidential report by U.N. monitors accuses Kenyan soldiers in the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia of facilitating illegal charcoal exports from the port city of Kismayu, a business that generates millions of dollars a year for Islamic militants seeking to topple the government. The case of the failed ban on Somali charcoal outlined in the report highlights the difficulty of cutting off al-Shabaab militants' funding and ensuring compliance with U.N. sanctions when there is little appetite for enforcing them on the ground. The Kenyan military denied the allegations in the U.N. Monitoring Group's latest annual report to the Security Council's sanctions committee on Somalia and Eritrea. The report was completed before recent clashes in Kismayu...
(Daily Nation 07/15/13)
A mining company has finally received the licence to mine rare earth metals in Kwale. Cortec Mining Kenya Limited has been seeking approval from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for the last two years. “This is a great step forward for Cortec Mining and everyone in Kenya associated with this world class resource and project,” said David Anderson, the firm's managing director. Niobium is a rare mineral that is used to strengthen steel used in manufacturing cars, ships, oil and gas pipelines and aircraft engines among others. Kenya’s niobium deposits in Kwale are said to be among the largest such deposits in the world, ranking number six after those in Australia and the United States of America, among others...
(Business Daily 07/15/13)
Teachers and healthcare workers persistently abscond duty, causing a huge gap in service delivery in private and public institutions, even as they clamour for better pay. The Service Delivery Indicators report released by World Bank on Friday showed that 50 per cent of the staff fail to work on an average day. The report lists the reasons given for absence as sickness and maternity leave, training and seminar attendance, official assignments and strike. “The survey found that the overwhelming share of absence from health facilities was indeed sanctioned absence,” says the report. “But, from the consumer’s perspective, these providers are not available to deliver services whether sanctioned or not.” According to the report, 88 per cent of healthcare workers had...
(Standard Digital 07/15/13)
British High Commissioner Christian Turner has pledged to petition his Government to address the miraa (khat) issue, following an announcement that UK was threatening to ban its usage. While on a tour of Nyeri County, Mr Turner said the ban was global and not directed at Kenya alone since it aimed at addressing both health and social risks posed by miraa on users. “I will be relaying the concerns to the Home Office in London, but what I want everyone to understand is the ban is not meant to target Kenya. It is a global ban,” said Turner. Turner said Home Secretary Theresa May, in her statement to the Parliament when she declared her Government was to ban miraa use,...
(In2 East Africa 07/15/13)
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has torn into the electoral commission with a warning that the CORD coalition may boycott future contests managed by the body unless it is reconstituted. Dismissing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) as Kenya’s most corrupt and error-prone electoral body, the former PM said CORD would demand fundamental reforms at the electoral body, the former PM said CORD would demand fundamental reforms at the electoral body, claiming it has lost its credibility. “This is the most corrupt and inefficient electoral commission in the history of this country and we will not participate in another general election presided over by this body if fundamental reforms and changes are not effected,” Raila said. The former...
(Standard Digital 07/15/13)
National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has approved Cortec Mining Kenya Ltd’s investment in Kwale. But the firm will first fulfill stringent conditions set by the environment watchdog to check deforestation, avoid radiation and ensure adequate compensation for affected communities before commencing works. Cortec, which is destined to start mining niobium and rare earths at Mrima hill in Kwale County, has already been issued with a licence. The firm has been waiting for Nema to provide an environment compliance licence before starting operations, which include putting up a processing plant. In a letter dated July 8, this year, with ref NEMA/PR/5/2/981 signed by B M Langwen for Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu, Nema says: “The National Environment Management Authority has reviewed...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Business Daily 07/15/13)
The taxman will make it mandatory for all medium and large taxpayers to file and pay taxes electronically by September in a move that will capture 80 per cent of the taxes. Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) commissioner- general John Njiraini said the rolling out of automated tax payment service named iTAX is currently being piloted and will in August be launched by the Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich. “Currently, taxpayers can file and pay their taxes electronically following the introduction of iTAX in July. We expect that by September all medium tax payers will mandatorily pay through iTAX system,” said Mr Njiraini. He said KRA is automating Electronic Tax Registers (ETR) to enable the gadgets to relay entered data real...
(In2 East Africa 07/15/13)
Five years ago, the Government increased the age of retirement for its workers from 55 to 60. Jubilee GovernmentThe move was to give Government time to raise money to pay off thousands of workers retirement benefits. The argument then was that at 55 years, people who were to be retired were still productive. Others contended that the cumulative on-job experience of this lot was too valuable to be dispensed with that early. The workers rejoiced when the retirement age was increased to 60. For the Government, it was temporary relief as it had bought itself another five years to raise enough cash to deal with the issue. The grace period is now over and according to reports published by The...

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