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Sitting, from left: Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, President Kenyatta, Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet, his deputies AND other senior police officers pose for a group photo at the Kenya School of Government on September 13, 2018. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken police reforms a step further by announcing radical changes that he said should grant Kenya “a new service”.

The changes touch on the command, uniform, housing and training in Administration Police, Kenya Police and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

The reforms include integration of functions, rebranding, renaming and scrapping of some positions.

Here is a breakdown of the changes Mr Kenyatta announced at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi:

  • 12 senior police positions scrapped, including AP regional commander, Kenya Police regional commander, DCI regional commander, Kenya Police county commander, AP county commander, DCI county commander, sub-county commanders from all the three arms on the National Police Service , OCPD, district AP commander and AP ward commander.

  • These positions will be replaced by integrated Police Geo Boundaries and placed under unified commands, namely regional police command, one county police command, and one sub-county police command.

  • Rebranding and renaming of the different police training colleges, with Kenya Police Training College being renamed the Kenya Police College Kiganjo Campus; AP Training College renamed National Police Collage Embakasi A Campus as GSU Training College becomes National Police College Embakasi B Campus.

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    The new Persian blue uniform for police. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

  • Deputy Inspector-General in charge of the Kenya Police to focus on public safety and security.

  • Deputy Inspector-General in charge of Administration Police to deal with protective and border security.

  • To eliminate waste, 39,680 Kenya Police officers and 24,572 Administration Police officers to be put under the General Police Service and will work under the command of the DIG in charge of the Kenya Police.

  • All police officers to undergo refresher training to help them better understand the new structure and functions.

  • Scaling up of Security of Government Buildings Unit, which has been under the AP service, from 4,773 to 8,280 officers and the increase of Anti Stock Theft Unit, ASTU, officers to 5,000. All these officers will take commands from the DIG in charge of the Administration Police.

  • Junior officers to lose free housing in 90 days. They will have to vacate houses in police lines and start receiving a house allowance.

  • New uniform unveiled. It consists of Persian-blue shirt / blouse, Persian-blue pair of trousers and a beret with the same colour. Mr Kenyatta said the change from Navy blue and jungle green colours was to make police “more visible”. “IG Joseph Boinnet should implement this changes with immediate effect. The Treasury should also operationalise financial provisions with immediate effect,” he said.

  • The regular police, DCI and APs housed in the same facilities will be under a single command. A majority of the AP officers will be absorbed into the Kenya Police Service while others will be absorbed in Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU). The few that will remain will have their duties redefined.

    AP camps and chief’s camps where a majority of the APs are stationed will be gazetted as police stations. The regular police, DCI and APs housed in the same facilities will be under a single command.

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World Bank pushes G-20 to extend debt relief to 2021

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World Bank Group President David Malpass has urged the Group of 20 rich countries to extend the time frame of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative(DSSI) through the end of 2021, calling it one of the key factors in strengthening global recovery.

“I urge you to extend the time frame of the DSSI through the end of 2021 and commit to giving the initiative as broad a scope as possible,” said Malpass.

He made these remarks at last week’s virtual G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting.

The World Bank Chief said the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the deepest global recession in decades and what may turn out to be one of the most unequal in terms of impact.

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People in developing countries are particularly hard hit by capital outflows, declines in remittances, the collapse of informal labor markets, and social safety nets that are much less robust than in the advanced economies.

For the poorest countries, poverty is rising rapidly, median incomes are falling and growth is deeply negative.

Debt burdens, already unsustainable for many countries, are rising to crisis levels.

“The situation in developing countries is increasingly desperate. Time is short. We need to take action quickly on debt suspension, debt reduction, debt resolution mechanisms and debt transparency,” said Malpass.

ALSO READ:Global Economy Plunges into Worst Recession – World Bank

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Kenya’s Central Bank Drafts New Laws to Regulate Non-Bank Digital Loans

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The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will regulate interest rates charged on mobile loans by digital lending platforms if amendments on the Central bank of Kenya Act pass to law. The amendments will require digital lenders to seek approval from CBK before launching new products or changing interest rates on loans among other charges, just like commercial banks.

“The principal objective of this bill is to amend the Central bank of Kenya Act to regulate the conduct of providers of digital financial products and services,” reads a notice on the bill. “CBK will have an obligation of ensuring that there is fair and non-discriminatory marketplace access to credit.”

According to Business Daily, the legislation will also enable the Central Bank to monitor non-performing loans, capping the limit at not twice the amount of the defaulted loan while protecting consumers from predatory lending by digital loan platforms.

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Tighter Reins on Platforms for Mobile Loans

The legislation will boost efforts to protect customers, building upon a previous gazette notice that blocked lenders from blacklisting non-performing loans below Ksh 1000. The CBK also withdrew submissions of unregulated mobile loan platforms into Credit Reference Bureau. The withdrawal came after complaints of misuse over data in the Credit Information Sharing (CIS) System available for lenders.

Last year, Kenya had over 49 platforms providing mobile loans, taking advantage of regulation gaps to charge obscene rates as high as 150% a year. While most platforms allow borrowers to prepay within a month, creditors still pay the full amount plus interest.

Amendments in the CBK Act will help shield consumers from high-interest rates as well as offer transparency on terms of digital loans.

SEE ALSO: Central Bank Unveils Measures to Tame Unregulated Digital Lenders

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Scope Markets Kenya customers to have instant access to global financial markets

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20 – Clients trading through the Scope Markets Kenya trading platform will get instant access to global financial markets and wider investment options. 

This follows the launch of a new Scope Markets app, available on both the Google PlayStore and IOS Apple Store.

The Scope Markets app offers clients over 500 investment opportunities across global financial markets.

The Scope Markets app has a brand new user interface that is very user friendly, following feedback from customers.

The application offers real-time quotes; newsfeeds; research facilities, and a chat feature which enables a customer to make direct contact with the Customer Service Team during trading days (Monday to Friday).

The platform also offers an enhanced client interface including catering for those who trade at night.

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The client will get instant access to several asset classes in the global financial markets including; Single Stocks CFDs (US, UK, EU) such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, BP, Carrefour;  Indices (Nasdaq, FTSE UK), Metals (Gold, Silver); Currencies (60+ Pairs), Commodities (Oil, Natural Gas).

The launch is part of Scope Markets Kenya strategy of enriching the customer experience while offering clients access to global trading opportunities.

Scope Markets Kenya CEO, Kevin Ng’ang’a observed, “the Sope Markets app is very easy to use especially when executing trades. Customers are at the heart of everything we do. We designed the Scope Markets app with the customer experience in mind as we seek to respond to feedback from our customers.”

He added that enhancing the client experience builds upon the robust trading platform, Meta Trader 5, unveiled in 2019, enabling Scope Markets Kenya to broaden the asset classes available on the trading platform.

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