KBL,Kenya Red Cross Society and Amref Health Africa to aid Kenyan communities

Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) has partnered with Amref Health Africa (Amref) and Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) for emergency distribution of  135,000 litres of packed sanitizers to frontline health workers and those at high risk of contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The initiative follows the appeal by the Kenyan government for individual well-wishers and corporate organisations to play their part in the fight against the disease. KBL is spending over Kshs 50 million in the programme. KBL engaged certified sanitizer producers to produce 1,000,000 pieces of 100ml sanitisers,…

Kenya confirms 4 more cases as Kagwe warns against fake news

The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Kenya has now hit 42. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday announced four more cases even as the country entered the third day of the dusk to dawn curfew. One of the new cases is a Kenyan and the other three are foreigners from the United States of America, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. The CS revealed that in the last 24 hours, a total of 69 samples from suspected cases of coronavirus have been analyzed in our various laboratories: out of those…

Paxful Launches A List Of Top 10 African Women To Watch In Blockchain And Bitcoin

In honor of International Women’s Day celebrated annually in March, the global peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace, Paxful, is shining the spotlight on the contribution women are making to the rapidly growing blockchain and bitcoin industries. Paxful has launched an annual list of the leading female professionals and entrepreneurs in the African Blockchain and Bitcoin industries, to highlight some of the most influential women in these emerging sectors. In no particular order, the individuals on this year’s list are all innovative and inspirational leaders who are actively making a difference and carving the…

Good news for Devices With limited Data Storage as‘Opera News Lite’ is launched

Opera has already launched a smaller version of the popular Opera News application dubbed Opera News Lite, designed for devices with limited data storage capabilities. With a download size of less than one megabyte, Opera News Lite is also a fast download for people on limited mobile networks. At the end of last year, there were more than 3.8 billion mobile internet users in the world, with smartphones representing 65% of mobile connections according to GSMA. In many cases, those smartphones do not have enough storage capacity and some of them…

White Cap Lager unveils a premium new pack

Kenya Breweries has unveiled a new pack design for its WhiteCap Lager brand. The new WhiteCap Lager pack includes a redesigned logo adapted from its original, historic form, which proudly highlights its 70-year heritage. As one of the most storied brands in the Kenya Breweries portfolio, it was felt that the time was right to elevate the livery of the WhiteCap. The new pack also represents a reinforcement of KBL’s strategy of positioning WhiteCap Lager as the leading local premium beer, as well as keeping up with the evolving needs…

More than 15 countries in Africa report COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially designated COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. There are now 147 confirmed cases in Africa in 15 countries, and there have been four COVID-19-related deaths. “With COVID-19 officially declared a pandemic, all countries in Africa must act,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, “Every country can still change the course of this pandemic by  scaling up their emergency preparedness or response. Cases may still be low in Africa and we can keep it that way with robust all-of-government actions to fight…

How to protect yourself against the new coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the CEO Africa website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following: Wash your hands frequently Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and…

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,…

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…