Author: Silas Apollo

A delegation of the National Assembly to the Kenya-Ethiopia Trade and Investment Mission has called for the removal of bottlenecks hampering cross-border trade between the two countries. Leader of the delegation, Peter Masara made a keynote address on behalf of the National Assembly noting that Kenya and Ethiopia enjoy a long-standing history of cultural affinity and diplomatic relations, which need to be nurtured and strengthened, particularly in the realm of trade and investment. “The economic potential between our two nations is vast, and it is our collective responsibility to harness it for the benefit of our people,” said Masara who…

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Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla died tragically on Thursday afternoon when the military chopper he was aboard crashed at the Kaben-Cheptulel border between Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties. He died alongside nine other members of the military. Following the incident, President William Ruto convened a meeting of senior security personnel at State House on the matter, after which he made a televised speech to announce the passing on of General Ogolla. “I am deeply saddened to announce the passing on of General Francis Omondi Ogolla, the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces,” President Ruto said. “Together with…

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The wife of former Murang’a governor Mwangi Wa Iria Jane Waigwe Kimani and her brother Solomon Mutura Kimani were on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, arraigned in a Nairobi court over corruption allegations involving some Sh140 million. Waigwe and her brother Mutura appeared before the Milimani anti-corruption court to plead to the charges after their arrest on Tuesday by detectives from the Anti-Corruption Commission. Also, to be charged is the former governor, alongside other co-accused persons, whom EACC says failed to honour summons to appear before the commission to answer to the corruption charges. “The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) pursuing…

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Members of Parliament have begun moving into their new offices at Bunge Towers, Parliament Buildings, after years of construction marred by allegations of tender wars. The MPs began occupying the building following communication by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Moses Wetang’ula during the afternoon sitting on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, which was also the day the House resumed sittings following a short recess. In his communication, Speaker Wetang’ula said the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) was keen to expedite the completion of Bunge Tower to bridge the deficit in office accommodation for members of Parliament. “With respect to the facilitation…

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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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