Kenyan Government initiates move to tax YouTube, Netflix

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The Kenyan Government has commenced regulatory processes aimed at taxing online content channels especially YouTube and Netflix. In a move targeting foreign online streaming services, the government, through the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) intends to have over the top services (OTT) declare income earned from Kenyan consumers. CA’s Director General, Francis Wangusi, indicated that this is standard practice already working in developed countries. “Many countries especially developed ones have policies that guide these services, and that is where we are heading to as a country,” Mr. Wangusi said, adding…

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Take what we have or leave it, Uhuru adamant on county revenue sharing formula

Uhuru Kenyatta and Lee Kinyanjui

President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Wednesday afternoon, sustained his static stand on the possibility of increased allocation of money to counties. Citing monetary hardships faced by the national government, Kenyatta urged counties to work with the Sh 316 billion available and forget about accessing sh.331 billion. The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) had settled on Sh.331 billion for the counties. Parliament, on the other hand, had set the amount at Sh. 316 billion. The national government has visibly elected to use parliamentary figures. Speaking during the opening of refurbished chambers at…

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US political secretary in Sudan to push for implementation of peace deals

  US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will on Wednesday meet with representatives from the Transitional Military Council and Forces for Freedom and Change and civil society. The State Department said the meeting will “encourage full and timely implementation of the agreements reached on July 17, and August 4, to create a civilian-led transitional government, and underscore our expectation that the transitional government will reflect the will of the Sudanese people.” John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, and Co-Founder of The Sentry, said the US has a unique opportunity…

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Governor Waititu, wife fail to post bail, remanded

Besieged Kiambu county governor, Ferdinand Waititu Babayao, and his equally estranged wife, Susan Ndungu, were on Tuesday taken up for remand, after failing to post bail. While Hon. Waititu heads to the Industrial Area Remand Prison, his wife will join the Lang’ata Women Prison under similar remand terms. Charged over a Ksh.588 million scandal involving the irregular award of tenders, Waititu failed to post a Sh. 15 million cash bail while his wife did not raise Sh.4 million for the same purpose. Alternatively, they were required by the Anti Corruption…

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Bomet Governor, Dr. Joyce Laboso’s remains to be interred in Kisumu, husband says

Dr. Edwin Abonyo, the husband to the departed governor of Bomet, Joyce Laboso, has indicated that she will be buried in Kisumu. Speaking to the press, Dr. Abonyo shared that they had, as a family, made a decision to have Laboso’s final funeral rights take place at their Fort Ternan home, in Koru. Luo elders had raised their concerns insisting that Dr. Joyce Laboso deserved to rest at the land of her husband, at least in accordance to Luo customary traditions. Burial plans are already underway and preparations are taking…

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Family conflict over Ken Okoth’s burial plans

A section of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth’s family has raised objections over his anticipated cremation in Nairobi. Led by Raymond Mbai, Okoth’s paternal family has also said  they are in the dark over burial plans. They now insist that he should be buried customarily next to his late father in their rural home in Rangwe constituency. Mbai, speaking on behalf of Okoth’s extended family, requested that the late MP be buried in accordance with the burial provisions of Luo customs and traditions. Mbai said that Okoth’s father had…

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Crisis as counties issue salary delay notice over Division of Revenue Bill standoff

County employees and suppliers should brace themselves for hard economic times ahead after Council of Governors announced salary and payment delays. In a letter dated July 23 and addressed to governors by CoG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya, counties will not be able to pay, as monies will not be disbursed by the National Treasury following the collapse of mediation talks over the Division of Revenue Bill. There is an ongoing stalemate over county allocation to the counties between the Senate and the National Assembly. The National Assembly wants all 47 counties…

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Botswana backs Kenya’s bid for UN Security Council non-permanent post

Botswana on Tuesday committed to supporting Kenya’s bid for the non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the period 2021 to 2022. “Kenya asked that we support its candidature for the opportunity to be voted into the security council of the United Nations on a non-permanent basis, and we assure that Botswana will vote for Kenya even before Kenya votes for itself,” Visiting Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi said at State House Nairobi. “We in Botswana remain committed to our Pan-Africanist outlook. And so, it should be perceived as automatic…

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DCI launches investigation into ‘suspicious’ letter over controversial Division of Revenue Bill

Kenyan investigative agency, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), has launched investigations over a letter, allegedly directed to the Attorney General over the now controversial Division of Revenue Bill. The letter, with a letterhead denoting the Office of The President, in Kenya, calls for a political truce over the now contested division of revenue. The text within the duly signed document appears to note that a constitutional process may get derailed to due to various clauses that impede the Office of Budget Controller. The letter also warns that Presidential authority,…

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