The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) approves the use of Paliperidone Palmitate

Janssen receives approval from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for Paliperidone Palmitate once monthly long-acting injectable for the treatment of schizophrenia. The Paliperidone Palmitate manufactured by Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, will be used for the maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults whose disease has already been stabilized on treatment with paliperidone or risperidone.1 Paliperidone Palmitate is a second generation long acting injectable antipsychotic which will be administered monthly as a maintenance treatment of patients with schizophrenia. The new drug works as a receptor antagonist of dopamine and serotonin,…

Greenpeace Africa  Lauds Plans to Roll Out Off-Grid Solar Electricity in Kenya

Responding to the news that the Government of Kenya has partnered with the World Bank to finance off-grid solar projects in Kenya,  Amos Wemanya, Greenpeace Africa’s Campaigner has said:   Greenpeace Africa has received this news with a lot of eagerness. The project will help rural off-grid households access electricity that is important in unlocking their economic potential. “Kenya is among the countries that have been hit hard by the impacts of climate breakdown. Investing in clean energy technologies such as solar, especially for the rural off-grid households will help…

 Turnover Tax Returns elapses

Payment of Turnover Tax (TOT)was due this Thursday 20th February 2020 and all Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) should have registered, file and pay the January 2020 tax returns for the Turnover Tax (TOT). The tax rate for TOT is 3% on the gross sales/turnover and is a final tax. TOT is filed and paid on a monthly basis on or before 20th of the following month. The Government of Kenya is committed to enhancing simplification of taxes to facilitate taxpayers to meet their obligations and TOT is part of this initiative. The TOT obligation is a simplified tax regime for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs). This obligation allows MSEs to pay taxes through simplified processes. Under this simplified regime, taxpayers are not required to prepare complex account records. The eligible taxpayers are only required to keep a daily gross sales record. KRA has been consulting with concerned stakeholders to facilitate them to register and pay the taxes due. KRA has also simplified the registration, filing and payment process of TOT on the iTax platform. The iTax system has always made it easy for taxpayers to access KRA services. This has led to notable success in filing returns, remitting payments, applying tax refunds, lodging tax objections, application of tax waivers and requesting tax compliance certificates. The TOT tax does not apply to persons; registered for VAT, with business income of Kshs 5,000,000 and above, Employment Income, Rental Income, Limited Liability Companies, Management and Professional Services among others. Eligible taxpayers are advised to log onto iTax, add the TOT obligation, file the monthly returns and make payment. TOT is part of KRA’s strategic initiatives to expand the tax base by ensuring that all Kenyans pay their fair share of taxes. KRA assures taxpayers of its support and facilitation to ensure that they register, file and pay their Turnover Tax before the set deadline. Taxpayers are also advised to visit the nearest KRA office for any assistance required or call the Call Centre on Tel: 020 4 999 999, 0711 099 999.

Customs self-regulation can transform our national revenues and benefit every consumer

By W. Wanda Problems that are hurting millions are rarely impossible to solve, with a case in point being Kenya’s severe issues in collecting customs duties correctly and clearing imports into the country through its ports in a timely and efficient manner. As it is, efforts have been made by multiple stakeholders to speed and make accurate our international trade. KenTrade has provided an information portal and its single window system as technology aides. The president has cleared more than 20 agencies from the ports with defined delineations of responsibilities for…

Linda: How one chance opened up my PR career

Tell us about yourself I was born in Nairobi in 1992.I went to St Nicholas Primary School and later Kapropita Girls High School. I studied IT in Strathmore before pursuing communications at st Paul’s university where I majored in public relations and journalism. How was your journey after college? I was an English news editor at ATG and writer at Sunday Express Newspaper. How did you start doing PR? When I was in school I saved up enough money to start my pr firm it was always a dream of…

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers explores lion conservation in Kenya

On this week’s African Voices Changemakers, CNN International’s Arit Okpo meets Jeneria Lekilelei who works to protect lions in Samburu, Kenya. Lekilelei is a conservationist whose job is to create a co-existence between people and lions. He speaks about his role in changing perceptions about the animals, “Unfortunately all people fear lions. But lions are not dangerous animals, they are very social cats. But its just the fear and once we remove the fear of lions, then you’ll see lions are very friendly.” However, Lekilelei was not always such a…

EXCLUSIVE: How sickness turned into Passion to support people with bleeding disorder

By Lynda Kiyeng 1) Tell us a little about you?  I was born here in Nairobi in February 17 1993, at Nairobi hospital. I went to primary school at st Georges school and later st Nicholas school there after transitioned to high school in Kitusuru boys in form one later transferred to Pumwani boys then finished at Nairobi Pentecostal church senior school, after which I passed and joined university of Nairobi law school. I graduated with honors in 2016 and later did my post graduate diploma at the Kenya school…

Opera bet on local servers to increase browsing speeds

Opera has announced the successful installation of its new local servers in Mombasa, Kenya. These servers significantly increase browsing speed up to four times faster to enhance faster experience when accessing online content. The installation of the new Opera data servers in Kenya is also part of Opera’s strategy to continue leading the digital transformation of Africa. “Kenya is a hyper-connected country with 86% of its population already online. The challenge is supplying users with uninterrupted and quick internet connectivity,” said Krystian Zubel, IT Director at Opera. “With the installation…

EAPI Summit forecasts uptick in Kenyan real estate as finance flows reopen

The real estate market is poised for an uptick in activity, according to East African Property Investment (EAPI) Summit analysts, following the recent moves to reopen financial flows into the sector by uncapping interest rates. The change follows a decline in financing that saw the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP halve from 8.8 per cent in 2016 to 4.1 per cent by 2018. “The lifting of the caps has prompted renewed interest by investors in the Kenyan market, which marks a distinct and new development. Following the introduction of…

SITA and key industry partners launch MRO Blockchain Alliance

Key industry recently announced the launch of the MRO Blockchain Alliance, the first industry-wide investigation into the use of blockchain to track, trace and record aircraft parts. The new alliance comprises leading organizations covering every aspect of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) chain, from part manufacture and repairs to logistics and smart contracts. Members currently include Bolloré Logistics, Cathay Pacific, FLYdocs, HAECO Group, Ramco Systems, SITA, and Willis Lease Finance Corporation, supported by Clyde & Co. The alliance was first mooted in 2019 at a HAECO Group event with…