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Maize farmers seek Senate’s help to make state pay them

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Maize farmers in Uasin Gishu yesterday made an emotional appeal to the Senate to intervene and have them paid.
The agitated farmers who met the senators at Eldoret Town Hall said they are tired of waiting for their dues. They said that payments should be prompt once they deliver their grains to the NCPB.
They hundreds of farmers made the presentations to the committee chaired by Uasin Gishu senator Margaret Kamara and attended by Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Kipchumba Murkomen (Uasin Gishu), Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma), Gideon Moi (Baringo) and Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), among other senators.

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National Treasury has already released Sh1.4 billion to be paid to the farmers who supplied their maize to National Cereals and Produce Board.
However, the Ministry of Agriculture is vetting the farmers to weed out cartels before the money is paid.
Before the Adhoc committee proceeded for the public hearings, it had had another meeting with executives members from 12 counties, who called for urgent unbundling of functions and management of the NCPB.
The Agriculture executives told the committee the persistent crisis is due to insistence by the national government to hold on to the stores.
They appealed to the Senate to intervene to have the NCPB management run by the counties.
“As it is now, county governments, where NCPB deports are, do not know or even determine how they operate, a situation that needs to be addressed urgently through an overhaul of the management of the NCPB,” Mary Nzomo, an executive in Trans Nzoai told the committee.
She added: “We are calling for a review of the NCPB Act Cap 338 Laws of Kenya in its entirety to restructure the board and devolve the function of construction and management of strategic grain reserves to the counties”.

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Uasin Gishu executive Samuel Yego said the 16 per cent VAT, which was recently imposed by Treasury on agrochemicals should be reversed, adding that NCPB should be compelled to pay for the farmers’s interest required by the Agricultural Finance Corporation. “The average annual production is four million 90kg bags and this year, we expect to harvest 4.5 million bags. We, as a county, are calling for establishment of grain buying centres in producing areas to ease delivery,” Yego said.
“The average annual production is four million 90kg bags and this year, we expect to harvest 4.5 million bags. We, as a county, are calling for establishment of grain buying centres in producing areas to ease delivery,” Yego said.
Kiplimo Lagat from Nandi urged the national government to give all the subsidies to the counties as conditional grant, saying the counties will be able to target and differentiate beneficiaries “effectively and efficiently”.  “A large scale farmer should be incentivised differently from small scale farmer because they both face different constraints and market conditions,” he said.

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PwC has commended the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for lifting restrictions on warehousing of goods in Customs bonded warehouses, noting that the action will enhance the competitiveness of Kenya as a global and regional logistics hub.
PWC said the policy will also boost to businesses that utilise Customs bonded warehouses to store goods, defer payment of duties and are involved in regional trade. It however called for consistency in tax law.
“We expect that with Customs having lifted restrictions on warehousing of goods will help contribute to the State’s agenda of reviving the economy in light of the ravages of Covid-19, improve cash flow and stock management for businesses,” said Indirect Taxes Associate Director at PwC Kenya Maurice Mwaniki.
“We expect this will once again enhance the competitiveness of Kenya as a global and regional logistics hub and assist attract inward investment into Kenya.”

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Kenya: Court Cancels Former Rugby Player Alex Olaba’s Sh300,000 Bail

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Nairobi — A Nairobi Chief Magistrate’s Court has cancelled the Sh300,000 cash bail issued on former rugby player Alex Olaba, after the prosecution said he had committed an offense of conspiracy to murder while he was still face a change of gang rape.

Trial Magistrate Zainab Abdul said the accused committed the offense while he was out on bond and proceeded to threaten the complainant in the case.

Olaba will remain in custody until the two cases are heard and determined. He wull be back in court on June 3 for purposes of taking a hearing date.

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The former Kenya Sevens and Kenya Harlequins player was arrested last month by detectives for allegedly trying to hatch a plot to kill witnesses in the case.

At the same time, the Court has also barred the media from publishing images of the complainant and directed that the matter will be heard in camera.

Olaba was previously charged with Frank wanyama with an offense of gang rape in 2019. They had been found gulty and sentenced to 15 years in jail. They however appealed against the sentence and the same was quashed by the High Court on a technicality.

The duo was later arrested in 2020 and charged afresh

When the matter came up for mention in April 22nd the suspect mulamba did not appear virtually instead he told the court that he was away in Bungoma, but according to the investigating officer he lied to the court he was in Nairobi.

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Kapsabet Boys had two candidates ranked among the top 15 students nationally in the 2020 KCSE exam. 

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