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…

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of spirits also amounted to manufacture of new product within the definition of Customs & Excise Act, CAP 472 (now repealed). 4.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of spirit which amounts to manufacture within the meaning in Excise Duty Act, 2015 and Customs and Excise Act, CAP 472 (repealed)as such Vienna Ice was a distinct product for which Excise Duty was payable; 6.2.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.

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) inaugurates New Solar Panel Farm to generate Renewable Energy at UN House, Juba

The installation is expected to significantly reduce the peacekeeping mission’s use of noisy, expensive and excessively fuel-consuming generators. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has inaugurated a new solar panel farm at one of its compounds in the capital Juba. The installation is expected to significantly reduce the peacekeeping mission’s use of noisy, expensive and excessively fuel-consuming generators. “These solar panels can save the burning of about 3,000 litres of fossil fuel every day,” Asharam Nhemafuki, an engineer serving with the peacekeeping mission, said. Since 2011, the peacekeeping mission…

GAUGING THE ECONOMIC WAVES OF CORONAVIRUS ON KENYA

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the apex body of the private sector in Kenya, this morning resolved to engage all its members to begin to calculate the projected economic impact of Coronavirus in each sector. The collated input will inform the development of a rapid response mitigation plan to minimize the impact of the outbreak on the Kenyan market. It will also allow the private sector to measure the impact of the expected global slowdown of trade on Kenya. KEPSA is encouraged by Executive Order No 2 ofhttps://www.expresstoday.co.ke/?p=2932&preview=true 2020…

Family Bank clienteles to befit from 100% vehicle cash deal

Family Bank has entered into a partnership with Simba Corporation Limited in a deal that will see customers receive up to 100% financing to purchase vehicles. This partnership will enable Small and Medium-Sized customers in the agribusiness, trade and logistics businesses to conveniently purchase Fuso trucks, Mitsubishi and Mahindra products at competitive interest rates. Business owners in the agribusiness sector and the education and religious institutions will be able to access 100% financing with a five-year repayment period while other business enterprises access 95% financing repayable in a period of…

Rice importers charged with Ksh1.5 billion Tax Evasion

Two businessmen of Pakistani Nationality were today charged before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Ms Edna Nyaloti for evading tax worth Ksh1.5 billion. The traders, Rahim Qasim and Rameez Gulzar Ali alongside their firm Jhulay Lal Commodities limited were found to have been importing rice into the country while deliberately failing to pay Income Tax. According to investigations, it was established that for the period covering January 2015 and December 2018, the suspects imported rice worth Ksh1.68 Billion. They sold the rice and banked the proceeds in their various companies’ accounts. The…

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) approves the use of Paliperidone Palmitate

Janssen receives approval from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for Paliperidone Palmitate once monthly long-acting injectable for the treatment of schizophrenia. The Paliperidone Palmitate manufactured by Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, will be used for the maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults whose disease has already been stabilized on treatment with paliperidone or risperidone.1 Paliperidone Palmitate is a second generation long acting injectable antipsychotic which will be administered monthly as a maintenance treatment of patients with schizophrenia. The new drug works as a receptor antagonist of dopamine and serotonin,…

 Turnover Tax Returns elapses

Payment of Turnover Tax (TOT)was due this Thursday 20th February 2020 and all Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) should have registered, file and pay the January 2020 tax returns for the Turnover Tax (TOT). The tax rate for TOT is 3% on the gross sales/turnover and is a final tax. TOT is filed and paid on a monthly basis on or before 20th of the following month. The Government of Kenya is committed to enhancing simplification of taxes to facilitate taxpayers to meet their obligations and TOT is part of this initiative. The TOT obligation is a simplified tax regime for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs). This obligation allows MSEs to pay taxes through simplified processes. Under this simplified regime, taxpayers are not required to prepare complex account records. The eligible taxpayers are only required to keep a daily gross sales record. KRA has been consulting with concerned stakeholders to facilitate them to register and pay the taxes due. KRA has also simplified the registration, filing and payment process of TOT on the iTax platform. The iTax system has always made it easy for taxpayers to access KRA services. This has led to notable success in filing returns, remitting payments, applying tax refunds, lodging tax objections, application of tax waivers and requesting tax compliance certificates. The TOT tax does not apply to persons; registered for VAT, with business income of Kshs 5,000,000 and above, Employment Income, Rental Income, Limited Liability Companies, Management and Professional Services among others. Eligible taxpayers are advised to log onto iTax, add the TOT obligation, file the monthly returns and make payment. TOT is part of KRA’s strategic initiatives to expand the tax base by ensuring that all Kenyans pay their fair share of taxes. KRA assures taxpayers of its support and facilitation to ensure that they register, file and pay their Turnover Tax before the set deadline. Taxpayers are also advised to visit the nearest KRA office for any assistance required or call the Call Centre on Tel: 020 4 999 999, 0711 099 999.

Grammy bites: 9,000 users attacked by malware disguised as Billie Eilish in Nigeria

Kaspersky found 30,982 malicious files that used the names of artists or their tracks in order to spread malware. LAGOS, Nigeria, January 30, 2020/ Cybercriminals are actively abusing the names of artists and songs nominated for a Grammy 2020 award, in order to spread malware. Kaspersky protection technologies (www.Kaspersky.co.za) detected a 39% rise in attacks (attempts to download or run malicious files) under the guise of nominees’ work in 2019, compared to 2018. Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Post Malone were attackers’ favorites, with these nominees’ names used most often…

Meet Ken Mwarandu the brains behind off-road wheelchair designed and built-in Kenya.

This week we met Ken Mwarandu who makes the first off-road wheelchair – designed and built-in Kenya. SafariSeat designs innovative wheelchairs that enable disabled people to get around even on the toughest terrain. Mwardandu tells CNN about his company’s aim, “We at SafariSeat believe that mobility is not just about movement, but it’s about the ability to live a full, independent life.” Mwarandu was inspired to help people with disabilities by a childhood friend. He tells her story, “Growing up I had a friend who had a mobility impairment and…