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VAT adjustments cause uproar as prices of affected goods rise


Processed milkProcessed milkConsumers across the country are up in arms as prices of most goods previously excluded from VAT rose significantly after manufacturers adjusted prices. Some of the affected goods are milk and electricity. The Kenya Power and Lighting Company adjusted VAT from the previous 12 per cent to 16 per cent. The company also introduced a new levy , water resource management at five cents for every kilowatt hour.

National Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich has warned traders against taking advantage of the situation to raise prices of goods by more than 16 per cent. Sources say prices of goods which were not affected also went up. CORD leadership led by former prime minister Raila Odinga accused the government for the move that will raise the cost of living.


Showdown looms in  parliament Thursday as Mps debate ICC

Mps in National AssemblyMps in National AssemblyA showdown between Mps allied to the ruling Jubilee Coalition and those from the opposing CORD Coalition is looming as they debate motion on whether Kenya should pull out of the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court. However, Jubillee coalition that commands majority in both the National Assembly and the senate is expected to take the day.

the motion sponsored by House Majority Leader Adan Duale is expected to take Kenya close to the withdrawal from the ICC where President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William ruto and radio Journalist Joshua Sang are facing criminal charges for their alleged involvement in the 2007/08 post election violence.



Kenya set to pull out of the ICC

Majority leader Adan DualeMajority leader Adan DualeKenya will pull out of the Rome Statute should the National Assembly pass a motion to do on Thursday. National assembly majority leader Mr Adan Duale says the special session will decide whether the country should cut links with the International Criminal Court.

Mps drawn from the opposing CORD coalition are however likely to oppose the move that comes barely a week before Deputy President William Ruto travel to the Hague to face criminal charges over alleged involvement in the 2007/08 post election violence. Also charged is President Uhuru Kenyatta and radio presenter Joshua Sang.

Nigeria President Jonathan Goodluck to visit Kenya next week

Ms Amina MohammedMs Amina MohammedNigeria President Jonathan Goodluck is expected to visit Kenya Thursday and sign several bilateral agreements with the Kenyan government. This is the second time the Nigerian leader will be visiting Kenya this year after attending President Uhuru Kenyatta swearing in ceremony in April.

The visit also comes on the heels of a diplomatic spat two months ago after Kenya deported several Nigerian businessmen including Mr Anthony Chinedu  who was accused of doing drugs. However, Foreign Affairs cabinet secretary Ms Amina Mohammed says the row did not affect relationship between the two countries.


Some 84 Mps to accompany Deputy President to The Hague

ICC Prosecuctor Fatou BensoudaICC Prosecuctor Fatou BensoudaA group of 84 Mps have lined up to accompany Deputy President William Ruto during his trial at the International Criminal court (ICC) that starts on September 10. The Mps are drawn mainly from the ruling Jubilee coalition.

Mr Ruto is expected to be away from the country for three weeks after his earlier attempt to attend only key sessions of the case failed. The judges had earlier agreed to that arrangement but changed their mind after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensuda appealed against the ruling.


Lawyer Kethi Kilonzo woes continue

Lawyer Kethi KilonzoLawyer Kethi KilonzoLawyer Kethi Kilonzo’s woes continued Tuesday as the Criminal Investigation Department charged her with fraud. Ms Kilonzo is being charged with obtaining an illegal voters acknowledgement slip obtained from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the Makueni senatorial by-election in July this year.

CORD leadership led by former Prime minister Raila Odinga and vice president Kalonzo Musyoka thronged the Milimani court to show solidarity with the lawyer who was the coalition flag bearer in the by-election before the IEBC revoked her nomination.


Traders increase prices as VAT law take effect

KRA buildingKRA buildingPrices for products whose VAT Exemption status was revoked by the newly revised VAT Act have gone up. This comes barely a day after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) gazette d the implementation of the revised legislation.

Some traders have faulted KRA saying they needed some time to adjust their systems in order to accommodate the new development. The government expects to collect additional Sh10 billion in taxes.



President Uhuru Kenyatta answers back Raila Odinga over title deeds

President Kenyatta (left)President Kenyatta (left)The war of words between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga intensified Monday after the president asked the former premier to join him or shut up. Mr Odinga had over the weekend faulted the president for dishing our title deeds at the coast saying he was doing the work of a clerical officer.

However, President Kenyatta asked him to join the government and help tackle numerous challenges facing Kenyans or shut up. The two have also differed over the call for a referendum to raise allocations to the county governments.


Kenya’s Mukhisa Kituyi takes over global trade body

Dr Mukhisa KituyiDr Mukhisa KituyiFormer Trade minister Dr Mukhisa Kituyi has officially taken over as the new secretary general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD). Dr Kituyi who contested and lost the Bungoma Senatorial seat during the March 4 election faces a daunting task to help developing countries increase share of global trade.

Dr Kituyi says Kenya faces a challenge is developing goods that can trade competitively in the global market. He is remembered for pushing for the establishment of the East African Customs Union that has developed in to a common market.


Parliament likely to debate pending ICC cases

National AssemblyNational AssemblySpeakers of the Senate and the National assembly are likely to summon both houses to debate the pending ICC cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. Most Kenyans are also growing anxious with Mr Ruto case expected to start next week.

Though legal experts say the two leaders would not be required at the court at the same time, such an eventuality would greatly affect the way the country is governed.



Owners of killer bus to be charged in court

IG David KimayoIG David KimayoPolice are expected to take the owners of the bus that crashed and killed 42 people at long Narok -Mai Mahiu road last week. This comes at a time when the government has announced stringent measures to curb road carnage.

Inspector general of Police David Kimaiyo has and announced a major crackdown on rogue traffic police officers who take bribes and allow public service vehicle operators to break traffic rules.


LSK threatens to sue traffic commandant

Bus accident near Narok (Photos:KRCS)Bus accident near Narok (Photos:KRCS)The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has issued a 30-day ultimatum to the traffic commandant Mr Samuel Kimaru to curb road accidents or face legal action. LSC chairman Mr Eric Mutua has written to Mr Kimaru demanding a clear policy on how he intends to reduce road carnage.

This follows Thursday morning grisly accident along Narok-Mai Mahiu road where a bus crashed and killed 41 passengers. Mr Kimaru has confirmed that the bus was never licensed by the Transport Licensing Board raising fears that traffic police officers were compromised to allow the bus to operate illegally.


What next for Judiciary chief registrar Ms Gladys Shollei?

Ms Gladys SholleiMs Gladys SholleiEmbattled judiciary chief registrar Ms Glays Shollei is not yet off the hook after one member of the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) revealed that investigations into her conduct will continue despite the truce announced Wednesday.

Lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi was quoted in a local Television Station Friday saying JSC will pursue the probe to its logical conclusion. He also confirmed that JSC will not honour summons by parliamentary legal committee the he accused of being artisan on the issue.


Tough times ahead for Deputy President William Ruto as ICC cases start next month

DP William RutoDP William RutoDeputy president William Ruto is expected to travel to The Hague next week to prepare for his case at the International Criminal Court on September 10. Mr Ruto is expected to attend the court for three weeks.

This comes at a time when opposition leaders from the CORD coalition are demanding to know how the country will be governed when Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta cases start. President Kenyatta’s case at the ICC starts in early November.


Coast leaders swallow their pride and accept title deeds

Governor Hassan Joho (Centre)Governor Hassan Joho (Centre)Coast leaders attended a series of rallies in the region where President Uhuru Kenyatta issued over 60,000 title deeds to land owners in the coast region. The leaders led by Mombasa County governor Hassan Joho had threatened to boycott the event and call for parallel meeting.

Prior to the March 4 poll, the leaders had used the plight of squatters in the region to drum support for the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his CORD collation. The coalition won almost all elective posts in the region.


President Uhuru Kenyatta orders on Moyale fighting

President Uhuru KenyattaPresident Uhuru KenyattaPresident Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered immediate significant beefing up of security in Moyale to curb tribal clashes that have left over 20 people dead.

The President said adequate reinforcements have now been deployed in the area and community leaders are actively engaged in discussions on restoring calm and tranquility.

The President expects the discussions to result in a sustainable and lasting solution to the challenges that the communities face.

The President has called for calm and patience as security forces and community leaders undertake their initiatives. He has also warned that should there be any foreign elements participating in the conflict, they will be dealt with by the full force of the law.



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