FUJIMORI, THE BARINGO MAN WHO SERVES KORIEMA MEAT TO NAIROBIANS

In his hometown, the dusty village of Kapluk Sub-Location in Kerio Valley in Baringo County, where he attended his primary and secondary school they fondly call him Fujimori- a nickname he inherited from former Peru President owing to his love for history and quick grasp of political events. He is, in their eyes, a hardworking son whose thirsty for success in life took him miles away to the coastal city of Mombasa two decades ago. And upon his return from a journey he started literally with nothing, had to his…

Keroche Tax burden

The KRA is set to collect tax of Kshs 9,116,835,985 .00 from Keroche Breweries Limited with regard to products manufactured and marketed by Keroche breweries Limited. This follows a big win by the Kenya Revenue Authority in the six (6) Appeals filed by Keroche before the Tax Appeals Tribunal in 2015 and 2017 respectively. 2.  In three of the Appeals, the contention was the manufacturing process of Vienna Ice Brand of Vodka. The brewer argued that, Vienna Ice brand of Vodka was not a distinct product from Crescent Vodka since Vienna Vodka was produced by diluting Crescent Vodka which process did not amount to manufacture. 3.  KRA relied on the Compounding of Denatured Spirits Act Cap 123 and argued that the process undertaken by Keroche Breweries was compounding within the meaning of the Act. Compounding of spirits also amounted to manufacture of new product within the definition of Customs & Excise Act, CAP 472 (now repealed). 4. In the other three appeals, the contention was with regard to classification of pineapple based wines. The Brewer had argued that what they produced was fortified wines which should be classified under HS Code 22.04 which attracted lower excise duty rate of 40%. Their position was that the classification was specific for any fortified wine. 5.   KRA’s position was that HS code 22.04 was reserved for wines based on grapes and the Keroche’s fortified wine was purely fermented pineapple as such is to be classified under HS Code 22.06 which is for any other fermented beverage. HS code 22.06 attracted a higher excise duty rate of 60%. 6.    The Tax Appeals Tribunal in its’ judgments delivered on 9th March, 2020 held that: 6.1.   Keroche Breweries Limited was involved in the compounding of spirit which amounts to manufacture within the meaning in Excise Duty Act, 2015 and Customs and Excise Act, CAP 472 (repealed)as such Vienna Ice was a distinct product for which Excise Duty was payable; 6.2.  With regard to Fortified wines produced by the Brewer, the Tribunal guided by the World Customs Organization explanatory notes on HS code found that HS code 22.04 was for grape based wines and the correct classification was HS code 22.06 as the Keroche’s wine is a mixture of fermented pineapple and alcohol. 7.  The Tribunal however faulted the Authority for levying interest and late payment penalties for the period the disputes were being litigated at the High Court and the Court of Appeal which had directed that the matters be heard at the Tax Appeals Tribunal.

No cash for hiring as MCAs approve Sh3.6 billion to offset debts

The planned hiring of more than 1400 staff at City Hall hangs in the balance after MCAs warned that the ballooning wage bill at the county may not favour absorption of new staff. This emerged as MCAs approved Sh 3.6 billion to help clear debts owed to suppliers and contactors at City Hall. The Supplementary budget also saw Sh 1.3 billion allocated for Ward Development projects that have stalled for the last two years. Nairobi County Assembly Finance and Budget Committee Chairman Robert Mbatia while reading the supplementary budget estimates,…

Uhuru Intervenes to help BBI Rift Valley edition happen

The Saturday 21st BBI rally scheduled for Nakuru will finally take place after President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Governors from the region at State House Nairobi. The leaders are said to have briefed him on the plans put in place to ensure the meeting is peaceful and that every Kenyan who will attend is guaranteed security. The Governors assured the President of their full backing of the BBI process and undertook to ensure unity and inclusion of all stakeholders in the run-up to the Nakuru rally. There have been reports that the…

Heart of Gold: Messi offers to help Ronaldihno out of jail

According to reports, Lionel Messi has hired lawyers and is about to pay over R72-million to get former Brazilian midfield maestro  Ronaldihno Gaucho out of prison for the fake passport lawsuit in Paraguay. Ronaldinho, the former Brazil and Barcelona soccer star being held in a Paraguayan jail for using a falsified passport, is being investigated for additional crimes, the prosecutor leading the case said on Sunday. Osmar Legal did not clarify what the crimes were but told the Brazilian news site Globoesporte that “there are indications that other crimes were…

UD Trucks Make a comeback to the East African market

UD Trucks has long been a major player in the Eastern African market. Yet 2020 is set to be a landmark year for the Japanese brand that is fully owned by the Volvo Group, as it rolls out ambitious new plans for its operations in Kenya. CMC Motors Ltd, a motor dealer with a rich legacy spanning over 70 years in Kenya and the regional market is the dealer of choice appointed by UD Trucks to continue with the dedicated development, advancement and expansion of the brand both locally and…

PRODUCT REVIEW: Vivo Y19 the ultimate battery phone

Choosing the right smartphone is definitely a mind-boggling task these days as the market is flooded with hundreds of phones that are quite able to make a difference with their quality features. Many brands are putting their best foot forward to add to their clientele. Owing to this stiff competition, users have a plethora of options to choose from. On the one hand where some brands are struggling to get more and more buyers, there are brands that have proved their worth and are known out and out. Vivo is…

Uhuru,Raila mourn death of Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are among leaders who have sent their condolence messages to the family and friends of Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori who died on Monday morning. The family confirmed the passing on of the youthful MP on Monday morning at the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa. Reports indicate that   he passed on at around 5 am at the hospital where he has been receiving treatment for cancer. His body has been moved from the hospital to his rural home in Ghazi, Kwale County for…

Emirates to allow customers change destination due to Corona virus

Emirates Airlines has introduced waiver policy for all booked tickets issued from 7 March until 31 March 2020, allowing customers across its network to change their travel dates without change and reissuance fees. The move provides Emirates’ customers with an option to change their travel plans due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Customers can change their booking to any date for travel within an 11 month date range in the same booking class without change penalties. Difference in fare, if applicable applies. The policy covers all existing destinations across the…

Nairobi Water seeks Raila’s help for water infrastructure funding

The Directors of the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company on Thursday held a special meeting with AU’ special envoy for infrastructure  Raila Odinga to deliberate on possible ways of improving Water infrastructure in Nairobi. The meeting that was held at Odinga’s pro Upperhill office focused on increasing water connectivity, getting more funds for sanitation activities. According to Karen Nyamu who is one of the Directors , Odinga promised to help source more funds that will help meet the water deficit in Nairobi. This will involve getting more funds for sinking…