Uhurus Changes to media bill sparks uproar

Uhuru Kenyatta

Mr Kenyatta’s proposed changes transfer control of institutions which can punish journalists and their employers from the National Assembly to the Executive and the Presidency.The amendments retain the Sh20 million fine against media houses proposed by MPs and expands offences for which media houses can be punished by a government-controlled tribunal.  

December 1st 2013 | Governance

Press freedom in peril after MPs approve new Bill

Aden Duale

As they were going through the amendments, Majority Leader Aden Dualle and Mr Kamau realised that the Bill was not going to be passed without the quorum of 50 MPs and they rushed out to get the rest.“This is a controversial and good law but the members are not here. This House is more full when passing other Bills,” Mr Dualle said later.After that, the 32 who hadn’t been in the House came in and helped bring the numbers up to 60 and then Speaker Justin Muturi called for the verbal vote, the ayes had it and the Bill was passed

October 31st 2013 | Governance

Death to be taxable in Kiambu County Bill

William Kabogo

In a move that the county government says is meant to raise revenue to fund its Sh12.6 billion budget, the region is also proposing to tax farmers before the carcasses of their livestock and pets can be collected for disposal.To conduct burial on one’s soil, the bereaved will have to fork out Sh4,500 if the dead is an adult, Sh3,000 for a child and Sh2,500 for an infant.Families whose relatives die and are buried in cemeteries within the county will pay Sh8,000 for a permanent grave while those whose loved ones die in other counties but are to be buried in Kiambu will pay Sh10,000. Non-residents of Kiambu will be charged Sh25,000.Besides these charges, the families will be required to pay Sh30,000 every time maintenance work is undertaken on the graves in cemeteries.

October 24th 2013 | Economics

Bid to remove items from VAT act

John Mbadi

The proposal to amend the VAT Act has been made by Mr John Mbadi (Suba, ODM) and was discussed by the Budget committee at a meeting in the morning. The removal would ease the cost of living, increase disposable income and there would be other effects, the Parliamentary Budget Office said in a report presented to the Budget and Appropriations Committee Tuesday.“The financial implications of key proposals in the draft Bill include the revenue losses to the tax authority, benefits to consumers and users of affected supplies, and multiplier effects consisting of inflationary pressures and changes to economic growth,” the budget office said in a presentation.  

October 22nd 2013 | Economics

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