Kenya Power changes leadership

Jared Omondi Otieno has been appointed the new acting Kenya Power Chief Executive Officer taking over from Ken Tarus who stays suspended pending the determination of the ongoing court case against top managers of the utility company. Othieno’s appointment is among 12 others announced on Monday by Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter. Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter announced a new team that will replace suspended Kenya Power top managers on an interim basis. Also appointed in acting capacities are: Thagichu Kiiru –General Manager Business Strategy Imelda Bore – General Manager…

UNICEF: South Sudan Kids known nothing but war

Malnutrition rates are at critical levels. More than 1 million children are malnourished, including 300,000 severely so and at risk of death Out of 3.4 million babies born in South Sudan since it became the world’s youngest country in 2011, 2.6 million have been born in war, UNICEF said on the eve of South Sudan’s independence. Conflict and underdevelopment have plagued South Sudan for decades, leaving its children out of school, malnourished and vulnerable to disease, abuse and exploitation. The prospect of a better future following the country’s independence in…

KRA Media clarification

KRA notes with disappointment, the erroneous publication of a media article arising from a presentation tabled to the Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday 3rd, 2018. The misleading article published in the local daily’s Newspaper on Thursday, July 5, 2018 and headlined: ‘Firms hid behind sugar law to import drugs’ provides a distorted and inaccurate report of the KRA’s report to the Departmental committee as presented and duly tabled in the National Assembly. At the presentation session, the KRA Commissioner General, Mr. John Njiraini was clear on the period when the drugs allegedly…

Kenya Power losses 500 M on vandalism, illegal connections says Tarus

By Jacktone Lawi Kenya Power is now seeking harsher penalties for people involved in vandalism of transformers. The electricity distributor pointed out that is losing hundreds of millions in revenue from vandalism of its transformers, meter tempering and power theft through illegal connection and called for stiffer actions to deal with perpetrators of such crimes. According to the Company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ken Tarus the firm losses about half a billion from to these vices. “We are losing KShs 500 million in revenue to vandalism and…

KRA records significant improvement tax Returns

More than 2.5 Million taxpayers have filed their 2017 income tax returns on the iTax platform, with less than two days left before the exercise officially comes to a close on Saturday 30th June, 2018. This is a significant improvement compared to last year when 1.76 million individuals filed their tax returns, for both resident and non-resident categories, by the deadline. The marked improvement is attributed to efficiency of the iTax platform and the increased awareness campaign undertaken by Kenya Revenue Authority encouraging early filing of returns as well as…

Global financiers caution on capacity constraints in Africa

Global and African financial heads identified country risk as the biggest challenge to their ability to lend more to African countries. Speaking in Abidjan during a one-day forum on investment risks in Africa hosted by the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), experts acknowledged that the abundance of current liquidity in the market did nothing to alleviate the capacity constraints faced by most banks when doing business in Africa. Lenders are bound by regulations that prevent them from lending significant amounts to sub-investment grade sovereigns, which is the case for most…

Repression Persists in DRC towards Election Deadline

President Kabila Should Ensure Credible Vote, Abide by Constitution Government repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo six months before scheduled elections has heightened concerns of widespread political violence, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 23, 2018, the Catholic Church’s Lay Coordination Committee (CLC) said in a letter to the African Union that it was preparing new protests and described a “total crisis of confidence” in the electoral process and the risks of “a certain and generalized chaos.” Concerned governments and regional bodies should increase pressure on President Joseph…

Enhanced Infrastructure Helps Build Safer Communities in Nairobi’s

Kayole-Soweto, an informal settlement on the eastern periphery of Nairobi, is home to approximately 90,000 residents. And during a recent discussion I had with the Settlement Executive Committee (SEC) there, a female representative told me about her community and home: “This place has changed so much that we need a new name! Our community is improving because our houses have more value, we feel safer and businesses are growing.” This is largely thanks to the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project (KISIP), which provides basic infrastructure such as tarmac roads, water…

South Africa condemns Ethiopia Attack

H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia following an attack against civilians at a rally in Addis Ababa on Saturday, 23 June 2018, which was held in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reform agenda. President Ramaphosa has expressed shock and dismay at the grenade explosion that struck the rally of supporters, killing at least one person and wounding scores, with many…

United States Secretary of Commerce Set for Fact-Finding Mission to Africa

This mission underscores the Trump administration’s commitment to both advance opportunities and to eliminate trade barriers to strengthen the U.S.- Africa commercial relationship. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced today that he will lead a delegation from the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) on a fact-finding mission to Ghana later this month. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Gilbert Kaplan will head the delegation on stops in Ethiopia, Kenya and Côte D’Ivoire as well as accompany Secretary Ross in Ghana. These visits provide an…