Division of Revenue Bill: Sort yourselves out to get extra cash, Uhuru tells governors

President Uhuru Kenyatta has once again told the National Assembly and the Senate to end the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 stalemate to allow the release of funds to counties. Speaking in Nakuru during the opening of Ugatuzi Plaza that houses the County Assembly chamber, President Kenyatta told MPs that the government does not have unlimited resources and “should bear in mind that what the national government has been allocating to counties is much higher than the threshold set by the Constitution.” During the opening of Bicdo Industrial Park in…

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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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Uhuru’s cousin named to Exports agency board

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cousin Kathleen Kihanya has been appointed to the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency board as a member. “The Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Co-operatives appoints Jacqueline Muga, Kathleen Kihanya, Mark Bichachi, to be members of the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency Board, for a period of three years, with effect from August 9, 2019,” CS Peter Munya said in the gazette notice on Friday. Kihanya runs Aces Ahead, a public relations and marketing consultancy, and is also a director and partner at 24 Hours…

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Uhuru to hold talks with Jamaica PM in Kingston

President Uhuru Kenyatta will next week visit Kingston for bilateral talks with Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness, State House has said. The two leaders and their respective delegations are expected to discuss and explore opportunities for enhanced bilateral relations between Kenya and Jamaica, a press statement to media houses by State House spokesperson Kanze Dena-Mararo said. Kenyatta and Holness last met in June last year at the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada, where they discussed athletics, agriculture and trade. On boosting trade between the two countries, President Kenyatta and Prime…

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Spain lauds Uhuru’s war on graft, affordable housing plan

Spain today lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta over his ongoing crackdown on corruption and economic crimes. Visiting Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Joseph Borell said the fight against corruption will build confidence among foreign investors. He spoke when he paid a courtesy call on President Kenyatta at State House Nairobi. He also acknowledged the March 9 handshake between Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga, saying it has ensured peace and stability for which Kenya is known for the region. “The handshake was a good example on how…

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We can’t disclose SGR contract to media, China Ambassador says

China Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng has dismissed any possibility to disclose to the public the SGR contract President Uhuru promised five months ago in a television interview. Ambassador Wu on Tuesday said, “I cannot say we agree or disagree with disclosure. I do not speak on behalf of Kenya. The obstacle to disclosing contract is commercial interest protected by rule of law, which should be respected.” In an earlier interview with veteran journalist Macharia Gaitho, Wu had said there is no secret between the Chinese and Kenyan governments, and…

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