Kenya government to effect 16% tax on petroleum products

Monday, September 3, 2018 – Friday, September 7, 2018

Economy

Six governors from the Central Kenya Economic Bloc have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Treasury to relook into the 16 per cent value added tax on fuel. Those present included Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Nderitu Muriithi (Laikipia), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru) and Kiraitu Murungi (Meru). The tax will not only increase the cost of living but also hinder economic growth. Taxing fuel would impact negatively on the economy, including Uhuru’s ambitious Big Four Agenda. The tax will also increase the prices of commodities across board including farm produce. President Uhuru has until September 13 to assent to the amendments.
 
More Kenyans believe that China constitutes a bigger threat to the country’s economic and political development than the United States, a survey shows. The survey by Ipsos Synovate released on September 5, revealed that 26 per cent of Kenyans see the Asian country as a threat to the development of Kenya, more than double the perception towards the United States which ranks at 12 per cent up. A total of 38 per cent of Kenyans think that the continued relationship between Kenya and China will lead to job losses. This is only 11 per cent in the relationship between Kenya and United States. Another 25 per cent think that China will flood the Kenyan market with cheap goods compared to 18 per cent perception of the United States.
 
Kenya’s government seeks to engage low-cost commercial carriers, Ryanair and EasyJet, in a bid to revitalize its tourism sector. Tourism Minister Najib Balala said that he is developing a strategy to get the hauliers to fly to Mombasa, Kenya’s second biggest city and home to its key port and beaches. Approaching Ryanair and EasyJet makes business sense for Kenya, given that majority of its holiday-makers come from European nations including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, and Scandinavia.
 
Security

State-owned Chinese TV network, China Global Television Network (CGTN), was raided by Kenya security agencies. Gun-wielding Kenyan police on September 5, raided the TV station, briefly detaining several journalists as part of an ongoing crackdown against illegal immigrants. Cellphone footage of the raid showed armed and plainclothes police bundling Chinese staff onto vehicles while demanding that reporters of other nationalities produce their passports or accompany them to the police station. CGTN, an international English-language television station, broadcasts across the globe, with major news centers in Nairobi and Washington.
 
A Chinese man caught on video making racist remarks about Kenyans has been deported from the country, Kenya’s immigration department said on Thursday. In the video, which circulated widely on social media, the man identified by officials as Liu Jiaqi was heard calling Kenyans “monkeys.” He also insulted Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, in the three-minute video among other derogatory comments that have caused furious reactions in the East African country. ” Authorities said Liu’s work permit was revoked after his arrest and he was deported on “racism grounds.
 
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced that a multi-agency unit is finalizing the plan that will come up with measures to address insecurity challenges around Lake Victoria. Matiang’i says the government is keen to address once and for all concerns and challenges faced by lake users in the region. In the plan, the CS hinted, is deployment of more security officers to patrol the lake. Fishermen in the lake, the second large fresh water lake in the world, have persistently pleaded with the government to address insecurity in the lake. Cases of fishermen losing fishing gear to robbers, harassment from police officers from neighboring countries and boats capsizing in the lake have been common. Matiang’i says such challenges will be addressed once the plan is finalized and implemented.

 

Monday, September 3, 2018 – Friday, September 7, 2018

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