Tuskys lays off workers as retail troubles deepenTuskys supermarket staff. In a letter to Boniface Kavuvi, the secretary-general of Kenya Union of Commercial, Food and Allied Workers, a labour union for retail workers, Tuskys said it had already informed affected employees of the impending decision. Tuskys did not reveal the number of staff that had been affected by the purge. The Standard has seen a termination letter to one of the employees, most likely in the technical department, according to a source. However, the union does not think Tuskys is struggling, noting that the retail chain has opened around four new branches since October 2019.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is ‘100 per cent’ he will stay at the club despite the two-year ban from European football handed out by Uefa for serious breaches of Financial Fair Play rules. Why should I leave?,” Guardiola told Sky Sports after his team’s 2-0 win over West Ham United in the Premier League on Wednesday. “If they don’t sack me I will stay here 100 per cent, more than ever. Personally, I will be here,” Guardiola told reporters. I know a little bit the reasons why and I support the club 100 per cent.
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Cash to counties slashed by Sh8.6b in new proposalsTreasury CS Ukur Yattani. [Wilberforce Okwiri/Standard]Counties will receive Sh8.6 billion less in the 2020/2021 financial year in the shareable revenue should Treasury’s proposal be adopted.The Division of Revenue Bill 2020 proposes to allocate counties Sh369.8 billion in the new fiscal year. In the Draft Division of Revenue Bill, 2020, Treasury has retained the shareable revenue at Sh316.5 billion, but slashed conditional grants from 61.9 billion to Sh53.3 billion. The proposal is likely to push senators into a vicious fight with the MPs for more allocation to be channeled to counties. Subscribe Now »Treasury CS Ukur Yatani (pictured) has said counties will get the same equitable share of the revenue of Sh316.5 billion because of the a 10.3 per cent projected contraction in national government’s net spending in the 2020-21 financial year vis-a-vis 2019-20 financial year.
We have no money for referendum, says IEBCThe Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has no budget for a referendum.This despite the push for the country to go for a vote mid this year to change the constitution. IEBC has not factored a referendum in its 2020/2021 budget, acting Deputy CEO Obadiah Keitany said yesterday. “There is no provision for a referendum in our budget. Until we get writs from the speaker, we cannot proceed to budget for a referendum,” Mr Keitany said. Keitany said budget cuts had affected preparations for the boundaries review, which could run into headwinds if the money is not reinstated to its budget.
Cross border PSV on spotlight over fake insurance coverRemains of the Dar Lux bus that was involved in a road crash at Ngatatoek along Namanga Road. It emerged that the bus did not have the mandatory Comesa Yellow Card insurance, a third-party cover for passenger service cross-border vehicles. It also emerged that the firm did not inform the concerned insurance companies of the accident. It took a letter from the Kenya Police to get a copy of the insurance made available. Dar Lux is also said to have presented a different person as the driver of the bus at the time of the accident.
IPOA status report shows majority of cases against cops go coldOnly six out of the 5,940 cases that have been investigated by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) have resulted in convictions.This is according to a status report released by IPOA in a consultative meeting with members of the Civil Society on Monday. In the meeting, IPOA was put to task over investigations and stalled cases, some dating as far back as 2017. She was among many people with questions on why cases were taking too long to be resolved amid assurances from IPOA. SEE ALSO :IPOA: Witness fear denting probe on Kasarani, Majengo killingsHis death sparked protests in Mathare after which residents reported the matter to IPOA. Joseph Mbuthia, a witness who had recorded a statement with IPOA, was also allegedly killed by the police.
Under the new proposals contained in the amended universities regulations (2019), a sponsor of a university who intends to cause a merger will make a request to the Commission for University Education (CUE). For the case of public universities, the Government through the Ministry of Education, shall make the application. Where the President approves the proposed merger or acquisition, the Cabinet Secretary shall gazette the same. Subscribe Now »Finer details reveal that in considering the application for mergers and acquisition, CUE shall scrutinise students and staff welfare, assets and liabilities of the institutions. The VCs argue that universities mergers will inevitably fall in place if an enhanced financing plan is put in place.
Local SMEs seek place in global tradeKNCCI president Richard Ngatia during an interview with Tony Gachoka for Point Blank a KTN TV show. For More of This and Other Stories, Grab Your Copy of the Standard Newspaper. Subscribe Now »The president’s at the same time ordered all pending bills for government supplies to be settled. Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) president Richard Ngatia welcomed the president’s directive as well as the hosting of the SMEs Expo in Kenya. The lobby has embarked on a digitisation project of its most crucial source of income - the Certificate of Origin for importers.
Homabay has highest HIV prevalence of 19.6 per centHoma Bay County is leading the country’s 47 counties in HIV infections.The county’s prevalence rate is 19.6 per cent, which is four times the national average of 4.9 per cent. National Aids and STI Control Programme (Nascop) head Catherine Ngugi said counties in western Kenya have had high prevalence rates for a long time. But a technical team from Columbia University, which took part in the survey, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Nascop, said the numbers were a true reflection of HIV prevalence in the region. “For North Eastern, the prevalence has been low for a long time, but this is the first impact assessment report results from the counties,” said Dr Ngugi. “There are those counties with prevalence rate of less than two per cent and at the same time we have some with higher prevalence rates than the national average of 4.9 per cent.
[David Njaaga/Standard]The Government has promised to tame its high spending in the next budget by ensuring fiscal discipline.National Treasury Principal Secretary Julius Muia says they hope to achieve fiscal consolidation by curtailing public expenditures. The PS said Treasury would cut spending while at the same time raising more revenue in what is aimed at keeping debt at manageable levels. The PS made the assurance when he appeared before the National Assembly Finance Committee chaired by Joseph Limo (Kipkelion East). Mr Muia was defending the Budget Policy Statement (BPS) tabled by the National Treasury for the 2020 fiscal year. He also lashed out at CEOs of State corporations for wasting funds, noting that some took loans to pay salaries.
EAC to build Sh345 million headquarters in KenyaInterior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi, Chief Administrative Secretary Ken Obura (right) and Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo during a fundraising ceremony at Achego Girls in Muhoroni county on January 31, 2020. [Collins Oduor, Standard]The East African Community (EAC) member states will each contribute Sh57 million toward the construction of Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) headquarters in Kisumu.EAC Chief Administrative Secretary Ken Obura and LVBC Executive Secretary Ali Matano confirmed that the project would cost Sh345 million. But now it is set to kick off after the EAC member States mutually agreed to contribute Sh57.5 million each toward the proposed LVBC's project. The EAC member states are Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the Republic of South Sudan. He commended EAC member States for their fresh commitment to building the regional offices in Kisumu.
KWS settles Sh70m victims claimsThe Kenya Wildlife Service has settled the first batch of claims by victims of wildlife attacks in Kajiado County.The Sh70 million has so far been paid to the kin of those killed by wildlife that includes lions and elephants. Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku said the payout had been awaited by the affected families for years, and the move by the wildlife body would reduce their agony. Two camps had emerged, with the governor commanding at least 30 MCAs, while 11 MCAs stuck with the speaker and opposed the ouster bid. For More of This and Other Stories, Grab Your Copy of the Standard Newspaper. SEE ALSO :Locals feast on stray hippo as police watch helplesslyDo not miss out on the latest news.
National, County Govt in blame game over land registrationDifferences have emerged between officials of the county and national governments over the registration of community land in Taita-Taveta County.This has led to delays in registration of community lands under the Community Lands Act, which should have begun by now. SEE ALSO :Drivers miffed by transfers“We are moving to the ground next week to begin the registration process,” Ngeti told The Standard yesterday. But elsewhere, the national government County Community Lands Registrar Sego Manyarkiy said separately that the county is yet to bring an inventory of all community lands to the Ministry of Lands for action. “Government is only targeting land that had not been developed and adjudicated areas,” noted the registrar, further clarifying that the process was only targeting community land and not private and public lands. Subscribe Now »Ngeti also said six ranches will be dissolved and converted to community lands.
DP Ruto office guard in Sh39b fake arms probe found deadPolice officers at the compound of Sergeant Kenei who was found dead in his house in Imara Daima Estate, Nairobi. Kenei was among six police officers who were on duty when former Sports CS Rashid Echesa and two foreigners visited DP’s office last Thursday. Witnesses said he had a bullet wound in the head and his gun was found lying next to his body. They, however, returned it to the scene after learning that he was a person of interest in the fake arms probe. The DP also demanded that the two arms dealers who have complained of being conned in the fake arms deal be barred from leaving the country until investigations are complete.
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