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Matatus to pay more for city parking as KRA fee relief ends
Matatus along Accra Road, Nairobi. Public service vehicles (PSVs) plying their trade in Nairobi will from Saturday pay between Sh1,630 and Sh5,000 more for seasonal parking, following the easing of Covid-19 protocols to allow them to carry passengers at full capacity. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has ended the discounted seasonal parking fees it had been charging the PSVs due to the effects of the pandemic. Matatus in the city have been paying discounted rates after they the order to halve their carrying capacity as part of health measures to contain the spread of the virus. For the ticket, 14-seater PSVs have been paying Sh2,000, Sh3,650 for 42-seater minibuses, and Sh5,000 for the 62-seater buses. “Notice is hereby given to all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) that following the resumption of full carrying capacity on August 16, 2021, the seasonal parking charges shall be adjusted to full carrying capacity for all PSVs with effect from September 25, 2021,” KRA said in a statement on Wednesday. In the reviewed rates, 14-seater matatus will pay seasonal parking fee of Sh5,000 between the 6th and 24th of every month. But, if paid between the 25th and 5th, the fee will be Sh3,650. This means that the matatu operators will pay up between Sh1,650 and Sh3,000 more, depending on when they make the payment. PSVs of up to 42 seats will pay Sh5,280 a month between 25th and 5th, and Sh8,000 when paid between 6th and 24th. The increase is Sh1,630 and Sh4,350, respectively. Buses with up to 62 seats will pay Sh7,200 between 25th and 5th of every month, and Sh10,000 when paid between 6th and 24th. The increase for bus operators is Sh2,200 and Sh5,000, respectively. According to revenue data by City Hall, the county collects at least Sh100.6 million every month from seasonal parking fees with 1,024 slots available for the PSVs. The Nairobi City County Government appointed KRA as the principal agent for overall revenue collection on March 6, 2020. Reacting to the reinstatement of the pre-pandemic seasonal parking fees, Matatu Owners Association chairperson Simon Kimutai said it was a big blow to motorists who now have to also contend with paying more for fuel. The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) last week increased the price of a litre of petrol in Nairobi to Sh134.72, an all-time high, while diesel rose to Sh115.6, the highest since September 2018 when it sold for Sh115.73. “For long, I have advocated for counties to exclude PSVs from paying parking fees because we bring a lot of business to them. If you are going to charge us more for fuel and parking, the cost will ultimately be passed on to commuters,” Mr Kimutai said. “But if commuters find it expensive to travel, will they travel to town as often as they would otherwise? In any case, [matatu] saccos should be paying for actual space occupied and not the carrying capacity because the vehicles are always moving and not idly parked in a spot,” he…
BP shuts some petrol stations due to lack of drivers
BP was hit by similar delivery disruption earlier this summer   BP insists it has plenty of fuel but too few delivery drivers to keep up with demand as petrol provision becomes the supply chain problems described as a “cocktail of chaos”. Motorists have been urged by the government to “shop for fuel as usual” after BP said it had closed some of its petrol stations due to supply issues. The energy giant said tens of forecourts in its 1,200-strong network were experiencing shortages – blamed on the nationwide lack of HGV drivers – while rival Esso said a few of its sites were affected. Tesco said two of the 500 petrol stations it operates were currently affected, describing the impact as minimal and ensuring that supply is replenished whenever this happens. It is the latest in a series of supply chain issues being grappled with by ministers – after the separate issue of surging gas prices created a crisis in the energy sector and knock-on damage to carbon dioxide production, which has threatened to disrupt food processing. A spokesman for the prime minister said the government acknowledged that there were “issues facing many industries across the UK, and not just in terms of HGV drivers”. He added that there was no shortage of fuel and that there was a “very resilient and robust supply chain”. A Volvo electric car plugged into an Ubitricity lamppost EV charging point in central London. Picture date: Friday March 5, 2021. The shortage of drivers is blamed on a confluence of issues including non-UK workers affected by Brexit, pandemic delays holding up HGV tests, and drivers being caught up in the “pingdemic” of COVID alerts earlier this year. Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at the Capitol Building in Washington DC before meeting the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi during his visit to the United States. Picture date: Wednesday September 22, 2021. Rod McKenzie of the Road Haulage Association told Sky News: “This is a cocktail of chaos, and I’m afraid it’s getting worse because the attrition rate is against us. “We have got more drivers leaving than joining, so as every week goes by there’s something new in the supply chain that’s creaking and crumbling.” Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, said: “This is a rapidly worsening crisis that the government has failed to heed the warnings of for a decade, never investing in or valuing working class jobs.” BP, which previously experienced similar disruption in July, said it was “prioritising” the sites experiencing shortages to ensure they are re-stocked first. In a statement, the company said: “We are experiencing fuel supply issues at some of our retail sites in the UK and unfortunately have therefore seen a handful of sites temporarily close due to a lack of both unleaded and diesel grades. “These have been caused by delays in the supply chain, which has been impacted by industry-wide driver shortages across the UK and we are working hard to address this issue. “We continue to work with our haulier supplier to minimise disruption and to ensure efficient and…
More Kenyans living abroad may vote in 2022 poll, says Chebukati
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. The electoral commission is planning to extend voting rights to Kenyans living in six more countries. The electoral commission is planning to extend voting rights to Kenyans living in six more countries as it prepares to roll out mass voter registration on October 4. Kenyans living in the US could be part of the plan that will see eligible Kenyans in 11 countries, from the current five, vote for their presidential candidate without traveling back home. The other countries under consideration are Canada, South Sudan, the UK, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). At a meeting with members of faith-based organisations, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said those who wish to register as voters will be required to produce their Kenyan national identity cards. “We must be clear that the only document known in law is the ID for purposes of registration of voters and voting,” he said during the meeting held in Karen, Nairobi. 3.5 million The commission estimates that there are nearly 3.5 million eligible Kenyans living abroad and the plan to include the six countries goes a long way in ensuring that many of those take part in the polls. Fewer than 3,000 Kenyans in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and South Africa were permitted to vote from abroad in the 2013 and 2017 presidential elections. The commission will on October 4 kick-start mass voter registration in which it is targeting to bring to the fold 9.2 million new voters, including some 5.2 million youth who will have attained voting age by 2022. The additional four million people are those who were eligible to vote in 2017 but who were not registered as voters, according to an analysis of the 2019 census and 2017 voter registration numbers. Mr Chebukati told the gathering that the commission has adequately addressed the internal problems cited by the Supreme Court in its judgment when it annulled the 2017 presidential election on account that it was not conducted in line with the law. He, however, admitted that some systemic challenges remain and continue to undermine the creation of a stable electoral management culture. –
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Nigeria, Ghana sprint to join digital currency race
The use of bitcoin – the most popular digital currency – has risen sharply, notably in developing countries. By AFP Nigeria and Ghana are racing to adopt a central bank digital currency as they look to ride the wave of popularity of cryptocurrencies in West Africa’s two largest economies. Central banks in both countries have partnered with foreign financial tech companies to create digital versions of their currencies, joining the global train of countries exploring the initiative. Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, will launch its eNaira digital currency on October 1, while Ghana will trial e-Cedi from this month. Nigeria has seen a boom of cryptocurrencies, despite a ban on banks making the transactions, as people look for ways to escape the weakening naira currency and offset high cost of living and unemployment in Africa’s most populous country. “Nigerians are investing in cryptocurrency as a means of store value and to carry their funds outside the shores of the country,” said Ayodeji Ebo, head of retail investment at Lagos-based investment firm Chapel Hill Denham. “eNaira will be for transactionary purposes.” Central banks across the world are exploring ways to create virtual money as legal tender following the growth in digital payments, cryptocurrency and privately issued stablecoins. Both so-called central bank-backed CBDCs and cryptocurrency are virtual money: CBDCs are issued and regulated by the central bank while the other is out of government control. China became the first major economy to pilot a digital currency last year. Since then, five countries have launched digitised currencies, according to a CBDC tracker by American think-tank Atlantic Council. Although some African countries such as Kenya, South Africa and Rwanda are exploring CBDCs, Nigeria and Ghana have already reached advanced stages. Step by step The Bank of Ghana is partnering with German firm Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) to pilot the e-Cedi. The scheme is part of a broader plan to digitise the country and its government. G+D will provide the technology that will be tested in a trial phase with local banks, payment service providers, consumers and others. Nigeria selected global financial technology company Bitt Inc. for its CBDC launch known as “Project Giant” after more than three years of research into the digital currency. “The CBN will rely on the company’s tested and proven digital currency experience, which is already in circulation in several eastern Caribbean countries,” the Central Bank of Nigeria said. The new eNaira will be issued by the CBN as legal tender like the current naira currency and will operate on the Hyperledger Fabric Blockchain. It will also follow the official exchange rate. Starting from October 1, customers will be able to download the eNaira app and fund their mobile wallets using their existing bank accounts, according to CBN governor Godwin Emefiele. Boom and concerns Nigeria’s central bank has long worried about the impact of cryptocurrencies and stablecoins that are fast becoming popular among young and…
Karoney: Ardhi House has been captured by cartels
If Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney decided to sack all corrupt workers at her ministry, then she would have almost no one left to serve Kenyans. The Lands CS is bang in the middle of converting millions of dusty, worn out papers that Kenyans treasure as title deeds into credible digital documents that can be used as evidence of property ownership and underwrite billions of shillings worth of transactions across the country. Ms Karoney, therefore, needs the honest input of each and every worker at Ardhi House, the Lands ministry headquarters in Nairobi, but the corruption cartels are out to sabotage her efforts. “We have looked at this reform, looked at the mess we have created at the ministry over the years, the gaps in data, the gaps in management… all these things, and we came to the conclusion that if we take the punitive approach, this reform will not go through. New system “If you were to look for people to punish for the mistakes that have happened in the ministry, then I’m afraid you might be left with no one to do the reforms. Because in one way or another we have all committed errors of omission or commission,” she said in an interview with the Nation on Monday. After about three years of painstaking design and development of the new National Land Management Information System (NLMIS), a system meant to capture, update and relay live land-related data, land transactions in Nairobi went digital, and the CS’s problems with the cartels started. Conveyancing lawyers who for years made a living from charging fees on manual land transactions were the first to complain that the digital system could not handle transactions. Bankers then complained that the new system had delayed billions of shillings worth of transactions. For over four months, CS Karoney has been overseeing implementation of NLMIS, also called Ardhisasa, and she is not about to give up. She says digitisation of land records has exposed the dirt that lay inside the walls of Ardhi House for decades. Cartels that have made a killing from frustrating efforts of Kenyans seeking services at the Lands offices for decades, working in cahoots with rogue ministry officials are putting up a vicious fight. The CS has no doubt that NLMIS is the silver bullet for the land problems in Kenya, despite initial hitches that even she admits will need to be addressed. Ms Karoney disclosed that the old land information system, whose application was stopped on June 4, was being hacked and people corrupting records. “This (NLMIS) is one of the most secure systems in the government. Remember we are coming from a space where people were altering and destroying records, people were actually stealing files and documents out of government premises. So based on that history we built a system to address these challenges,” CS Karoney said. Explaining the rot at the Lands headquarters in Nairobi, the CS also said servers for the management of all land records in the country have been relocated to the National Geospatial Data Centre at…
What are the new rules for holidays in Europe and the US?
Heathrow passengers The US will let fully vaccinated travellers from the UK – and many other countries – visit from November. A ban on foreign travellers began in March 2020, at the start of the pandemic. Can I visit the US? From November, passengers can travel to the US from the UK and EU if they are fully vaccinated. Dr Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, told the BBC that this should include people who’ve had the AstraZeneca jab. The US regulator doesn’t currently recommend the vaccine, but Dr Fauci said he didn’t think it would be a “problem”, although the final decision rests with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccinated visitors will also need to take part in testing and contact tracing. At present, only US citizens, residents and foreigners with special visas can enter from most European countries. How are the green and amber lists changing? From 0400 BST on Monday 4 October, the amber and green lists for travel to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be merged (Wales has not yet said whether it will follow). Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to take a PCR test before returning from countries listed – including all of Europe. Travellers will still have to take a PCR test two days after arrival, but this will be replaced by a cheaper and simpler lateral flow test later in October. The government hopes this will be in place “for when people return from half-term breaks”. How is the red list changing? Eight countries are being removed from 22 September, including Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives. If you visit a red list country you must spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel – at a cost of £2,285 for solo travellers. What if I’ve not been vaccinated? If you haven’t been double-jabbed you will still need a pre-departure test. You will also need a PCR test on days two and eight after arriving, and to self-isolate for 10 days on returning from a non-red list country. Anyone who tests positive will need to isolate and take a PCR test. This would be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants. Test to Release will remain an option for unvaccinated passengers who want to shorten quarantine. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have not yet decided whether to ease testing requirements. What are the current rules? Going on holiday abroad means taking Covid tests: Your destination may require one – each country has its own rules In the three days before returning to the UK, you will need to take a PCR or lateral flow/antigen test (not the free NHS tests) Tests after you arrive in the UK must be PCR tests, booked before travel The government advises passengers returning from Spain to use a PCR test. Most private providers charge above £60 for PCR tests and £30 for lateral flow devices. Amber list banner What are the rules for amber list countries? The vast majority of countries are on the amber list, including popular tourist destinations such as Spain, France, Greece and Italy. Adults fully vaccinated in the UK, the US and most European countries don’t…
Shilling hits nine-month low on high imports bill
A trader counting money. The Kenyan shilling has hit a nine month low of Sh110.2 units against the dollar on higher import bill due to costly oil prices and global strengthening of the greenback. The rise in crude oil from $42.35 a year ago to $72.34 a barrel this month means Kenyans need more units of the local currency to buy dollars pushing up demand for the greenback. Oil imports accounted for 16.3 percent of the import bill at Sh190 billion in the seven months to July and its movement affects demand for dollars. The Kenyan currency has been under continued pressure since June when it stood at Sh107.8 against the dollar due to the increase demand against reduced dollar inflow from key export earning sectors such as agriculture and tourism. The dollar has also been bullish against global currencies as market rushes for safety amid fears the US Federal reserves will start cutting its bailout programme. “The US dollar is having a bit of a rebound. Everyone is eying the Fed, waiting for a tapering signal,” Reuters said. Decline of the shilling is likely to lead to imported inflation where the prices of goods may rise as traders need more local currency to buy imports. It piles reassure on fuel prices especially as petrol and diesel costs jumped the highest level in Kenya’s history after the State discontinued a subsidy scheme introduced in April to ease public outrage over the high cost of living. The costs of energy and transport have a significant weighting in the basket of goods and services that is used to measure inflation in the country. –
Boris Johnson hails ‘real progress’ in US-UK trade during White House talks
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris meets with Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS Boris Johnson has hailed “real progress” on US-UK trade – despite his earlier refusal to commit to securing a free trade deal between the two countries by the time of the next general election. Speaking as he met US Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington DC, the prime minister spoke of British and American collaboration on issues such as climate change and Afghanistan. Mr Johnson said it was a “great honour and privilege” to meet Ms Harris for the first time, adding: “I’ve heard a lot about you but it’s fantastic to be here. “And I want to thank the US government, your government, for the many ways in which we are co-operating now I think at a higher and more intense level than at any time I can remember.” Stood at a podium alongside Ms Harris in the vice-president’s office in the White House complex, Mr Johnson also praised the “brave” US military for their “amazing work” in helping with the air evacuation from Kabul – even though he had earlier suggested America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan could have been done “a bit differently”. “On trade we are seeing real progress,” Mr Johnson added, as he welcomed the end of a “curious ban” on imports of British beef. However, the prime minister’s positivity came just hours after he failed to commit to securing a post-Brexit trade agreement between the US and UK by 2024. And Mr Johnson has acknoledged this week that US President Joe Biden has “a lot of fish to fry” when it comes to prioritising negotiations on a US-UK deal. At his meeting with Ms Harris, the prime minister also thanked the US for the “great improvement on the previous arrangement” for allowing full vaccinated Britons to visit America again. And he welcomed the doubling of funding by the US to help developing countries respond to climate change, which had been announced by Mr Biden at the United Nations General Assembly earlier on Tuesday. “On climate change I think that today was a really good day for the world,” Mr Johnson said, “And I thank the US government and President Biden for the steps you’ve taken to reassure the world that America is committed to helping to tackle climate change.” “As you will discuss with the president, the relationship between our two countries is a long and enduring one, one that we value based on shared priorities and based on as we know, what is increasingly evident about partnerships and alliances around the world,” she added. “We are indeed interconnected and interdependent in so many ways and in many ways, more than before. “And of course we must work and continue to work together to uphold and protect democratic principles and values around the globe. And we look forward to that continuing relationship, and our relationship as partners.” Following the pair’s talks,…
US to relax travel rules for vaccinated passengers from UK and EU
The shift in rules will end an 18-month patchwork of travel restrictions imposed by former president Donald Trump.   Vaccinated passengers will be able to enter the US from the UK and EU from November, ending almost two years of coronavirus travel restrictions. The new rules are part of broader policy changes for international travel and will apply to fully jabbed people – meaning those who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. All foreign travellers heading to the US will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken during the three days ahead of the flight. It ends an 18-month patchwork of travel restrictions imposed by former president Donald Trump at the start of the pandemic. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is delighted that President Joe Biden is “reinstating transatlantic travel”. He added: “It’s a fantastic boost for business and trade, and great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can be reunited once again.” Speaking in New York, Boris Johnson was questioned by Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby over his previous comments that we shouldn’t ‘hold our breath’ on the lifting of US travel ban – suggesting he wasn’t expecting the announcement. When asked whether he had been caught out by the US president acting unilaterally, Mr Johnson insisted: “We’ve done it faster than we expected.” And back in the UK addressing the House of Commons, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “In 2020 the only weapon we had to fight the spread of COVID was simply to keep people apart.” But as one “of the world’s most vaccinated countries”, with more than eight out of 10 people now jabbed, he said: “We must use that to our advantage to restore freedoms that were by necessity lost over the past 18 months.” He continued: “Vaccinated Britons will be able to travel into the US from early November, reciprocating the policy that we introduced this summer and this is a testament to the hard work and progress of the expert working group set up at the G7 to restart transatlantic travel.” Vaccines, he said, “mean the emphasis can now shift to an individual’s status instead”. Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Liz Truss tweeted: “Excellent news for travellers from the UK to the US. Important for our economic recovery, families and trade.” British ambassador to the United States, Karen Pierce, said: “We are grateful the US has recognised the progress the UK has made against COVID-19, including high vaccination rates and declining cases. “This decision means that more Brits can reunite with loved ones in the United States, more British holidaymakers can spend their hard-earned pounds in the American tourism sector, and more business activity can boost both of our economies.” In contrast, however, President Biden is tightening rules for unvaccinated American citizens, who now need to be tested within a day of their departure from the US as well as on their return. Those fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine. Airlines will be required to collect contact-tracing information – including phone numbers…
Wealthy Kenyans now sell planes to survive Covid-19
A section of Wilson Airport in Nairobi on August 9, 2016. Wealthy Kenyans and private aviation firms last year sold 72 planes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that reduced the millionaires’ net worth and hit demand for travel. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) data show the number of registered planes dropped to 735 from 807 in 2019, excluding those owned by the National Police Service and the Kenya Defence Forces. The drop came in a year when coronavirus triggered a slump in air travel and reduced the need for purchase of commercial flights. The virus, which disrupted businesses and hammered most asset classes, reduced the net worth of wealthy Kenyans and saw the rich reduce their appetite for helicopters and small jets. Kenya’s business magnates, politicians and new millionaires have in recent years taken to flying as the preferred mode of transport – expanding the market for leasing and private ownership of planes. “Any drop in the number of registered aircraft means that the planes were either sold or left the country due to other reasons,” KCAA Director-General Gilbert Kibe told the Business Daily. This marked a break from the increased purchase of aircraft by the rich over the past decade. Aero Club of East Africa – a lobby of private aircraft owners – attributed the recent growth in the number of registered planes to Nairobi’s rising status as the region’s business hub and a growing number of wealthy individuals with the means to own and maintain an aircraft. But Covid-19 has not spared the rich after Kenya’s economy dipped to a recession last year. The economy’s performance in 2020 was hit by the effects of Covid-19 restrictions leading to including business closures and layoffs. The economy has been picking up after posting a contraction of 0.3 percent in 2020. The latest instalment of the Knight Frank Wealth Report shows the number of Kenyans with a net worth of at least $30 million (Sh3.3 billion) including their primary residence, dropped to 90 last year, from 106 in 2019 Kenya’s group of high-net-worth individuals, defined as those with at least $1 million (Sh109 million) including their primary residence, dropped by an even larger margin. The report says that 912 Kenyans fell out of this club last year when their numbers stood at 3,323 compared to 4,235 in 2019. The pandemic has caused a slump in air travel, with African airlines expected to have lost $6 billion in passenger revenue in 2020. “The airline business in Kenya is suffering and this means that people could not acquire more planes,” said Eutychus Waithaka, the executive secretary of the Kenya Association of Air Operators. “We had requested a stimulus package from the government that we have not seen to date. Some airlines have actually closed shop because they were operating with leased planes,” he said. Kenya in March last year confirmed the first Covid-19 that prompted the government to suspend domestic and international commercial passenger air travel. Although domestic air travel…
China firm ordered to hand Equity 10 housing units in debt row
Equity Centre in Nairobi upperhill. The High Court has ordered a Chinese construction company to hand over to commercial lender Equity Bank Ltd 10 housing units at Fourways Junction Kiambu to settle unpaid loan owed by the owners of the project. In the ruling rendered by Justice David Majanja, the court has ordered China Wu-Yi Company Limited to hand over the housing units situated at Hibiscus Villas and Tulip Apartments. The houses are owned by Muga Developers Limited and they were built using various loan facilities of undisclosed amount, borrowed ten years ago from Equity Bank. The project comprises housing units and ancillary facilities. The ten units are in control of the Chinese firm, which constructed them and is claiming a debt of Sh73 million. Muga is also yet to repay the entire amount borrowed from the bank and has an undisclosed balance, which the lender is trying to recover by taking over the houses. Muga took the various loans from the bank in 2011 and 2012 and also appointed Suraya Property Group Limited as its agent to sell the housing units to prospective purchasers. The Chinese contractor has been holding on the property as it is also claiming a debt of Sh73.6 million from both Muga and Suraya. But the bank opposed and informed court that the contractor does not have any claim over the houses thus the continued possession was unlawful. Equity stated that the refusal to hand over the houses was in contravention of an earlier finding by the court that the contractor had no claim over the houses. While ruling in favour of the bank, the court noted that it is common ground that the financial facility which the bank granted the developers has not been repaid in full. He said the contractor does not have proprietary interest in the suit property that would defeat the Bank’s securities. “It is my considered opinion, any person who lays claim to the ownership of any housing units which are on the property charged to the bank, should strive to ensure that the bank loan was paid of,” said the judge. –
Almond Varient Homes near Southern Bypass going for KShs. 5,750,000
3 Bedroom Bungalows with Two Ensuite 20K DISCOUNT IF YOU MENTION MR. SEED Almond Variet Homes is an upcoming gated community development by Almond Estate Company Limited comprising of Three Bedroom Bungalows. The project is well accessible touching the tarmac Dagoretti Road off the Southern Bypass in Gikambura-Kamangu area. It is 10 minutes drive to Kikuyu Town, 20 minutes to Karen and 40 minutes to Nairobi CBD. Contact the owner Mr. Wachira currently visiting the USA but you can get him on WhatsApp on +254733874080 and email: or Mr. Seed in UK on +447951220695 – Email:
Kenya to get a cut from nurses in deal with UK
President Uhuru Kenyatta with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July. By PSCU The government will get a percentage of the cash that Kenyan nurses will make in the UK following the deal made by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July. The deal is similar to the one made by Kenya and Cuba, which saw the government get 100 Cuban doctors, with the Cuban government getting a cut. It is not yet determined how much the nurses and the government will make, but Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache is scheduled to lead a delegation of senior Health and Labour officials to finalise the guidelines of the deal, sources revealed. When the Sunday Nation reached out to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and PS Mochache on the issue, they both promised to issue a statement after consultations. So far, 3,329 nurses have expressed interest in the jobs on offer and those who qualify are expected to travel to the UK mid-October. Much like the Cuban deal details of how the nurses will be remunerated remain unclear, with the British High Commission only announcing that the health professionals will work under the National Health Service (NHS). The nurses who applied and travelled to the UK previously will also get an opportunity to apply for citizenship and earn 100 per cent of their pay. However, the new cohort will have a special route to work in the UK. They will also be required to work in Kenya’s health sector for an agreed period of time. Bachelor’s degree The nurses are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a recognised institution, a license from the Nursing Council, a valid police clearance certificate and proof of that they are not employed. Although it was not in the advertisement from the Ministry of Labour, the nurses are required to have at least 18 months experience. They will also will be required to take a multiple-choice English proficiency test and a computer-based test for UK nursing midwifery. The British High Commission said there would be some positive outcomes from the partnership, such as a significant amount of money being sent home by the health workers. “This can then be reinvested in employment within the local health sector or in additional training,” the Commission said in a statement. The health workers unions have lauded the partnership, with the Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary-general Seth Panyako saying that although it is paradoxical that the government brought in Cuban doctors in the pretext that there were not enough Kenyan doctors, it is good that they have seen the need to give jobless nurses an opportunity. “I support the move because we will have a chance for our nurses to bring in revenue to the country and support their families back home,” he said. Kenya Union of Clinical Officers secretary-general George Gibore said he hopes clinical officers will soon get an opportunity to apply to work in the UK, noting that there are about 25,000 registered…
Win for businesses as court declares minimum tax unconstitutional
Times Tower, KRA headquarters. The High Court in Machakos has barred the taxman from implementing and enforcing minimum tax on Kenyan businesses. Justice George Odunga made the decision after finding that section 12D of the Income Tax Act is unconstitutional. The suit had been filed at the Machakos High Court by the Kitengela Bar Owners Association (KBAO). The petition against the National Assembly, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Attorney-General Paul Kihara Kariuki sought to have the levy declared unconstitutional. Minimum tax would have been applicable to businesses regardless of whether they make a profit or not. But on Monday, Justice Odunga agreed with the lobbies that implementation of the new levy would harm businesses. The judge ruled that the new levy would be unfair to businesses that make losses as they would still be forced to part with one per cent of their total sales. Justice Odunga also faulted the National Assembly for not involving the Senate before introducing minimum tax because some counties had already implemented a similar levy, hence there was risk of exposing several businesses to double taxation. The National Assembly had last year amended the Income Tax Act to give KRA powers to collect minimum tax starting January, 2021. Had the court dismissed the petitions, businesses would have had to pay the tax to KRA once every quarter. Catch tax cheats The National Assembly had argued that the new levy was aimed at netting tax cheats who cook their books to indicate losses so as to lower their liability to the taxman. “Whereas the respondent (National Assembly) may have identified the virus that infected the revenue collection system as being dishonest loss-making return of some entities, it was the vaccine that was developed that was inappropriate in dealing with that virus. The solution was not to cast the net wide in order to catch the culprits as well as non-culprits as was done, but to develop a system which was tailored to target only the culprits,” Justice Odunga said. “The impugned amendment will clearly lead to favourites and sacrificial victims. Those who are able to pay taxes from their profits will not have their capital affected while those who are genuinely in loss-making positions will be sacrificed at the altar of those dishonestly concealing their profits,” the judge added. KBAO filed its petition in Machakos, but shortly after other business associations also filed petitions in Nairobi. The petitions were transferred to Machakos and consolidated with the bar owners’ case. Justice Odunga has now held that the National Assembly should have prepared legislation to specifically catch tax cheats without causing too much collateral damage. “The respondents have instead of putting in place systems that can enable them detect the dishonest entities opted for an easier way out by casting the revenue net in the deep sea without bothering what the net will catch as long as the culprits are caught. With all due respect, that is not how to enact a fiscal legislation,” the judge said.…
Uganda asks diplomats to leave children home, save costs
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaks during the inauguration ceremony for his sixth term at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, on May 12, 2021. By AFP The Ugandan government wants all workers deployed to foreign missions to leave their children in the country to save on education costs. The proposal in the new Public Standing Orders, 2021, was presented to Parliament on Thursday afternoon. In the new standing orders, the Public Service ministry intends to, among others, save Shs8.8 million spent on every child of a foreign mission staff member. Public Service junior minister Grace Mugasa told MPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee that the proposal seeks to ease the heavy financial burden the government bears in supporting children of staff working in foreign missions. She said the foreign staff should take their children to local schools for primary and secondary education. “In 2011, the education allowance was subsidised at $2,500 (about Shs8.820m) per child per year. Therefore, under the revised standing orders, it is proposed that officers leave their primary and secondary school-going children in Uganda,” Ms Mugasa said. Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Vincent Bagiire said this will enable such children appreciate the country’s education system. “The service officers we deploy to missions, with the exception of heads and deputy heads of missions, work for four years. We need to discuss the aspect of children going abroad to study and then returning to the country and getting their learning distorted,” Mr Bagiire said. But the State minister for Foreign Affairs, in charge of Regional Affairs, Mr John Mulimba, expressed fears that the suggestion risks affecting marriages. “We are aware that children need the care and attention of their parents. We are also aware that so many families have broken up because of separation from their children. It is true there are financial constraints, but there’s also a question of human rights, especially of children,” Mr Mulimba said. Among other proposals in the new standing orders are that the government stops paying for an additional 50Kg baggage for the staff and families on vacation. The latest proposals seek to revise standing orders that have been in place since January 2011. The revision process commenced in 2018. Missions abroad are for three main purposes; economic/commercial, consular services and political cooperation. Some serve only one, two or all three, which also partly explains the relevance of a huge government budget. –
DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT: A Kenyan man has passed away in Maryland, USA
Death Announcement Of Nick Mwaura of Baltimore, MarylandIt is with heavy hearts & profound sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of Nick Mwaura of Baltimore, Maryland on September 12, 2021. Mwaura was beloved husband to Kawa Mwaura and dotting father to Luke Mwaura. Son to Margaret Wandui and the late Simon Wandui, and brother to Salome Wandui. Son-in-law to Gladys Mwangi and the late David Mwangi. Brother -in-law to Cathy Kamanze & Karanja W. Karanja, Kama Mwangi and James Njoroge. Virtual Zoom prayer meetings: Wednesday 9/15 and Thursday 9/16 at 7-8 .30pm Zoom Link:… Viewing: Friday, September 17, 2021 at 5-9pm: McComas Family Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Rd, Abingdon, MD 21009. Memorial/Requiem Mass: Saturday, September 18, 2021 strictly from 10:45am to 12pm. St Francis De Sales Church 1450 Abingdon Rd, Abingdon, MD 21009. –
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announces major overhaul of international travel Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announces major overhaul of international travel; PCR tests to be replaced with lateral flows; traffic light system to be scrapped; eight destinations removed from the red list. Eight destinations removed from the red list – including Turkey, Pakistan, The Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya. Holiday bookings surge as eight destinations removed from the red list in huge overhaul The full list of destinations that have been taken off the red list Eight destinations have been removed from the harshest restrictions on travel. Here’s the full list of places coming off the red list: Turkey Pakistan The Maldives Egypt Sri Lanka Oman Bangladesh Kenya. Travel traffic light system scrapped – and changes to coronavirus tests From 4am on 22 September, eight countries will be moved off the government’s red list. These are: Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Oman and Bangladesh. A major relaxing of travel rules for people coming in and out of England has been announced by the transport secretary. From 4 October, the current traffic light system of red, amber and green countries will be scrapped and replaced with one red list only. Anywhere not on the red list is considered green and clear for travel – there will no longer be an amber list.   Also from that date, passengers who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to take a pre-departure test for travelling into England from non-red list countries. Then, from the end of October, they will be able to replace their day-two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test. Medical professionals operating on patient in ICU. Doctors and nurses wearing protective coveralls. They are at hospital during pandemic. COVID-19: Life-saving antibody treatment to be rolled out across UK from next week Passengers queue for check-in desks in the departures area of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London COVID-19: Delighted travel firms see surge in bookings as traffic light system scrapped – as government faces calls to remove testing altogether Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a free confirmatory PCR test which would be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants. This means the new system, which is expected to stay in place at least until the New Year, should be in effect as people return from half-term breaks. COVID-19, travel and test concept, tube for PCR testing and tourist passport on geographic map. Coronavirus diagnostics in airport due to pandemic. Tourism and business hit by SARS-Cov-2 corona virus The changes will apply to England only – with the Scottish government already announcing the country will not follow England in removing the requirement for people who are fully vaccinated to take a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list destinations. In a statement, the Scottish government said: “A UK government decision to implement proposals to remove the requirement for a pre-departure test in England and to…
Kenya among Favourite holiday countries that UK could move from red list to amber
An update on the UK’s traffic light travel restrictions is expected to be announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps New travel restrictions are announced every three weeks, with the last taking place on Thursday, 26 August. Unlike the usual Government press conferences on Covid restrictions, changes to travel restrictions are tweeted by Grant Shapps. However, a new travel system will be introduced next week when Prime Minister, Boris Johnson updates the country on the UK’s Covid winter plan. The current traffic light system, which splits countries into green, amber and red based on various Covid factors in that country, is expected to be replaced by a simpler two-tier system that divides countries into ‘yes, safe to travel’ or ‘no, don’t travel’. There are currently 62 countries on the red list, 43 on the green list and the remaining on the amber list. All arrivals from red-list countries must spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel, which cost £2,285 per room. It’s also compulsory for travellers to take a pre-departure test and PCR test on or before day two and on or after day eight. Covid data analyst, Tim White told The Independent that he believes 12 countries should be removed from the red list. They are: Argentina, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey. Get the latest London news straight on your phone without having to open your browser – and get all the latest breaking news as notifications on your screen. The MyLondon app gives you all the stories you need to help you keep on top of what’s happening in the best city ever. However, Paul Charles, a travel consultant for the PC Agency thinks the following 24 countries should be removed from the red list: Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa and Uruguay. There are hopes that the popular holiday destination Turkey will come off the red list and onto amber. Meanwhile the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab would like to see Pakistan taken off the red list. Dominic Raab visited Pakistan earlier this month to discuss how the UK and Pakistan could work together to “safely and responsibly” remove it from the red list.
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