Dandora dumpsite: The Transformation of the city’s neglected public spaces

In Nairobi’s highly concentrated, low income areas a free, open community park is an unusual sight. This lack of public space inspired Evans Otieno, the manager of Believers Garden, to make a change. He says, “You’ll find it’s very rare to find a garden that the government has just made for [people] to go and rest. So that is when we decided we are not going to wait for the government to come, because I know for sure they won’t do that, but we are going to be that change…

Women lobby push for implementation of 2016 Act to enable women own matrimonial land

Women have called on the government to move with speed and equip local communities living in group ranches and community land with accurate and open information relating to compliance of the parcels of land to avoid misinformation, exploitation and extortion of these communities. Speaking during the International Day of Rural Women which seeks to celebrate and honour the role of rural women by recognizing their importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development, Jennifer Kasana Groots Member from Laikipia pointed out that women have been left out in the land matter…

DIB Bank in a 4.3 b expansion strategy into the Kenyan market

Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan Abdi cuts the ribbon to officially open the DIB Bank Kenya Eastliegh Branch. Looking on are the DIB Bank Kenya Board Director Michael Murphy and CEO Peter Makau.   Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) is investing 4.3 billion for expansion in their business in Kenya. This comes after the bank registered a 665 million loss in their first year of operation in the country. DIB Bank Kenya, which offers exclusively Shariah Banking services, launched a new branch in Eastleigh as the bank starts to implement an expansion…

KOFISI, LAUNCHES NEW OFFICE IN KAREN

Kofisi, provider of flexible office work space across Africa, have opened a new office site in Karen This will serve the growing market that has been witnessed in Karen while at the same time positioning itself for new clientele to meet rising demand  “As a result of population growth, and infrastructure development, affluent suburbs like Karen are evolving and a need for flexible office work space is growing.”  said Kofisi CEO Michael Aldridge. We are currently in six countries, our vision is to open in 25 cities, representing a market size…

Africa must step up to support its innovators

By Robyn Curnow I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard business leaders from outside Africa refer to the continent’s enormous potential.  It’s a cliché, as well as a source of frustration for many Africans.  Put simply, we’ve heard it for too long. We know Africa is a continent rich in resources, we understand the possibilities of untapped markets, we can see the enormous progress made in certain cities.  But overall, it is difficult to escape the notion that opportunities are being squandered. Africa is also a continent…

Tax agents charged for aiding tax evasion

Three tax agents were today charged at a Mombasa court for aiding two companies to fraudulently reduce their Value Added Tax (VAT). The two were charged alongside directors of the two companies. The tax agents from Ogot &Associates, together with directors of Gaab Transporters Limited and Samumu Construction Services were charged with several counts in two separate cases. They appeared before Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate Christine Ogweno. In one of the cases, the accused persons, Mohamed Moalin Mohamed, a director of Gaab Transporters Limited as well as Wilson Ogot Owera,…

KRA wins case against Dubai firm seeking to stop collection of KShs 2.3 billion tax debts

The High Court in Nairobi has ruled in favour of KRA in a case filed by a Dubai based company seeking orders to stop KRA from collecting KShs 2.3 billion in tax debts from its affiliate company registered and operating in Kenya. Justice Pauline Nyamweya on 23rd September 2019 ruled in favour of KRA and struck out a Judicial Review filed on 28th July 2018 by   United Arab Emirates registered firm, Suzan General Trading JLT. Suzan General Trading JLT had sought among others an order to stop KRA from enforcing the warrants…

Over 5,000 delegates to attend Global Summit in Nairobi

(L-R) Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Macharia Kamau, H.E Ms. Mette Knudsen, Ambassador Danish Embassy and UNFPA Chief of Staff Pio Smith during the Diplomatic missions and international organizations briefing on ICPD5. The Governments of Kenya and Denmark, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today announced plans for the convening of a high-level summit to advance the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action.   The Governments of Kenya, Denmark and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have announced that atleast over…

Its Sh378bn for Counties as President Uhuru signs into law revenue bill

By Tobby Otum President Uhuru Kenyatta has assented to the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 and called on Counties to prioritize settlement of pending bills. The Head of State said he has signed into law the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 to pave way for the release of funds to counties. He said the new law allocates Shs 378.1 billion to county governments for the 2019/20 financial year. ‘’Out of the total allocation, Shs 316.5 billion is the equitable share of national revenue while Shs 61.6 billion is for conditional allocations to…

Delays in Processing Construction Permits is Hurting the Economy

By Dennis Murutu The Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and the Kenya Private Developers Association (KPDA) say the E-Construction Permit systems has not been working as expected in various counties adversely affecting projects in the building and construction sector. Speaking during a press conference Monday to address the downtime issue on the electronic permitting systems in Kenya, the associations says they have been following this matter closely and keenly to no avail. They noted in May this year, the Nairobi County system started experiencing hitches and eventually collapsed when the…