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Tax cut: Soy MP Caleb Kositany proposes Bill scrapping Senate, MCAs post

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Soy MP Caleb Kositany has written to the Speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi proposing a Bill scrapping the Senate, Nominated MP, and MCA posts.

In the letter seen by the Star on Wednesday, Kositany cites cost-cutting measures as the grounds for the changes.

Kositany says he is crafting a Bill which will see the country save Sh3 billion annually once the positions, “which constitutes a heavy burden on the taxpayer”, are done away with.

“I wish to state that the objective of the Bill is to reduce the overall cost of representation of the public, reduce the wage bill and promote use of public funds.”

“This is, therefore, to request you to kindly authorise the legal services directorate to assists me in the formation of the bill,” he avers in his letter.

This is not the first a call is being made to scrap the Senate. Numerous past attempts were grounded on duplicate roles, high wage bill among others.

Senators’ major role is oversight the county government and to legislate matters pertaining to the operations of the 47 devolved units.

On July 25, Cotu second assistant secretary Benson Okwaro asked government to scrap off the senate
and county assemblies.

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He said the move would save ordinary Kenyans from paying huge amount
of taxes, the same now expanded to included 16 per cent VAT on fuel.

There is a proposal before the August House to have the new tax measures adjusted to bearable levels.

Senators earn about Sh740,000 basic monthly salary; including allowances. The figure is slightly more than Sh1 million a month.

In March 2017, former Senate speaker Ekwee Ethuro and Senators trashed
recommendations by a committee of the National Assembly to scrap the Senate.

Ethuro
at that time suggested that it is the National Assembly that should be scraped as
it has more MPs.

The National Assembly is currently made up of a
total of 349 MPs while the Senate has a total of 67 elected and
nominated senators.

Read: Scrap seats to save cash, says Khaniri

Also read: Senators abandon seats to go for MP, MCA and Governor

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200 homeless families seek Governments’ help to recover their land – KBC

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Hundreds of homeless families in Kinango Sub-county, Kwale County are appealing to the Government to help them repossess their land from a private developer.

The 200 families from Mwamdudu in Bonje area are accusing a private developer of colluding with top Government officials to grab their ancestral land.

Their houses were demolished with the residents saying they couldn’t salvage anything as the demolition caught them unprepared.

They condemned act saying it was inhumane and a violation of their human rights and access to justice.

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Mwamdudu secondary school, a dispensary and a children orphanage were also demolished.

Ramadhan Lewa Kalume a resident in the area dismissed claims that they had entered into a consent with the company associated with the private developer.

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 “I wish to insist that we were never consulted in the sale of the land to the private developer,” he pointed out.

The local resident allege that the demolition exercise was carried out by officers from the General Service Unit [GSU] and not regular police.

Ms. Salama Kenga, a single mother said they are spending nights in the cold with their children and appealed for Government’s intervention.

Mwanahamisi Ramadhan, a 24 years old mother of three said she only managed to rescue her three children including a one day child she had given birth to on the day the demolitions were conducted.

The distraught mother says she is surviving on handouts from well-wishers to feed her young family and is sleeping outside in the cold with her newborn baby.

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PwC lauds ease of Customs tax

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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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