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…

Food4Education program changing lives

Established in her hometown of Ruiru, Kenya, Food4Education is an organisation that ensures school children get the right food to keep their minds sharp. Wawira speaks about her mission, “Serving people nourishment is in my point of view very sacred because it helps people. Their bodies function, their minds function, them being able to work and being able to be productive. I make sure that no student has to learn on an empty stomach.” Wawira studied nutrition at university. She explains how this taught her the importance of food for…

Huawei Supports Kenya to Fight Covid-19

Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and experts from the Ministry of Health held a video conference call from Afya House with their counterparts in China to learn from their experiences in managing the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  With videoconference equipment supported by Huawei, this was the first time the Kenyan delegation held a videoconference with the Chinese Ministry of Health and other experts. After the meeting, CS Kagwe said: “Today for the first time, via a video conferencing capacity which we have just installed today, our doctors were able to…

Kenya Rapid Response against the spread of COVID in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already helped train 1,500 Kenyan health workers in various health facilities to prepare for just this situation. When the Kenyan Government announced the country’s first case of COVID-19, clinician Jackson Njoroge was already hard at work.  He and his colleagues from the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s Rapid Response Team had already drawn up a list of people who might have come into contact with the first patient.  Now they were rushing to find them. His mission was to find another passenger from the flight that…

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,…

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…

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…