Author: Silas Apollo

The government plans to double the number of passports it aims to issue this year to at least one million, while also distributing three million digital national identity cards within the same timeframe. Immigration and Citizen Services PS Julius Bitok said on Friday, April 12, 2024, that the new targets are part of an ambitious drive to make it easier for Kenyans to access registration documents. The government also hopes to raise the revenue generated from its services which is collected on the eCitizen digital platform to a daily average of Sh1 billion during the same period. “We believe these…

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The National Assembly’s departmental committee on finance and national planning is considering enacting regulations to guide the operations of buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) credit providers, after the House raised concerns about the challenges faced by boda boda operators due to exploitative lenders. The matter came to the committee’s attention after Kigumo MP Joseph Munyoro in February sought a statement from the chairperson on the measures the government had put in place to regulate the activities of BNPL providers in the country. Munyoro further requested to know the plans by the government to develop alternative financing models that are fair, transparent and genuinely…

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A Bill seeking to strengthen governance of cooperatives and eliminate pyramid schemes disguised as Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Saccos)has been introduced in Parliament. Sponsored by the Leader of the Majority Party, Kimani Ichung’wah, the Bill seeks to overhaul the regulatory framework for cooperatives, promoting good governance, protecting member savings, and fostering a more competitive sector. It was read for the first time in the National Assembly on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. In Clause 19, the Bill introduces a four-tier cooperative structure in Kenya; primary cooperatives, secondary cooperatives, cooperative federations, and apex cooperatives. It also seeks to establish the office of…

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has declared Wednesday, April 10 a national public holiday to mark Idd ul-Fitr. The CS made the announcement in a Gazette Notice dated April 9, 2023. “It is notified for the general information of the public that in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2 (1) of the Public Holidays Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration declares that Wednesday, the 10th April 2023, shall be a public holiday to mark Idd ul-Fitr,” Kindiki said. Typically, Eid festivities begin after the sighting of a new crescent moon. Eid-ul-Fitr is a major religious…

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The National Assembly Committee on Implementation has faulted the Principal Secretary of the State Department for Industry, Juma Mukhwana, for the delayed payment of terminal dues owed to former employees of Pan African Paper Mills. In a meeting chaired by the Embakasi West MP, Mark Mwenje, who is also the deputy minority whip, the lawmakers expressed concerns over what they termed as lack of goodwill from the ministry of investments, trade and industry to resolve the matter which has been pending since 2019. The Committee urged the state department to consider allocating a part of the monies due to the…

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Government officials and public institutions appearing before Parliament to respond to audit questions touching on their ministries, departments and dockets will no longer be allowed to present additional documents as supporting evidence. This follows new regulations set by the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, which on Friday, April 5, 2024 said that it will no longer permit the reopening of audits by the introduction of new documents or evidence. Committee chairperson John Mbadi in a statement said that all institutions and public officials will henceforth be required to present all relevant documents at the time of audits, and not during…

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Kenya and the United States of America have announced a new plan to enhance collaboration of Parliamentary diplomacy for mutual economic benefit of the two nations. Speaking during a courtesy visit by America ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman in his office at Parliament buildings, speaker of the National Assembly, Moses Wetang’ula said that Kenya and the US share a long-standing cordial relationship that has cemented great collaboration in many sectors. The two leaders discussed matters of economic development and Parliamentary diplomacy including exchange programmes aimed at knowledge sharing in different legislative aspects. “Our bilateral ties with the United States have…

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Walter Onchonga Mong’are, popularly known as Nyambane, has been stripped of his role as the Director of Programmes, Advocacy, and Outreach in the State Department of Foreign Affairs. Mong’are was fired through an internal memo issued on Wednesday April 3, 2024, by Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Singoei stating that he was no longer authorized to conduct any business on behalf of the department. The memo was directed to all director generals, heads of missions, and departments within the Ministry of Diaspora and Foreign Affairs. “This is to inform you that Walter Onchonga Mongare, Director of Programmes (Advocacy and Outreach),…

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