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Bishop Donald Mwawasi of Atlanta, GA who during his travel to Kenya five times in 2015 has held numerous discussions with the County Assembly Members and National Land Commission Commissioners on land use and management this year commenting on Land protests in Voi says, “The persons blocking the road should never have been doing this. It is time all constitutional office holders assigned to land management do the job assigned." The constitution assigns different roles to County Assembly, National Land Commission and Land Ministry.
The Mombasa county assembly on Tuesday passed a motion to buy tuk-tuk fire engines. The motion sponsored by nominated MCA Zainab Saidi received an overwhelming support from the members....
“Only a referendum will make the administration come to terms with the reality that devolution is unstoppable. Either devolve 45% of revenue collected or be thrown out in 2017,” posts Kerbala. Today there is little debate as relates to the six taxing laws that are the source of revenue as created by the constitution as follows: 209. (1) Only the national government may impose—(a) income tax; (b) value-added tax; (c) customs duties and other duties on import and export goods; and (d) excise tax. (3) A county may impose— (a) property rates; (b) entertainment taxes. ...
Rather than Governors keep talking of referendum to ask National Government to raise more revenue so they can get 45%; Governors should use their constitutional powers to raise revenue. Kenya Constitution sets 6 ways of getting the taxation budget. 4 ways assigned to National Government and 2 ways to County Governments. ...
As historical injustices and corrections of allocation of land are done; millions of acres of land held today under private leasehold will revert to the county government. The land will be held per Kenya Constitution article 62 (2) "Public land shall vest in and be held by a county government in trust for the people resident in the county, and shall be administered on their behalf by the National Land Commission." Each County Government is empowered by Kenya Constitution 185 and 209 (3) to pass bills that anchor the management of land as land becomes a factor of production. Kenya land policy going forward should be based on land production to sustain a population of 100 million Kenyans living in Kenya by around 2065. ...
“Today I signed into Law the Division of Revenue Act, 2014 which raises county allocation from the previous 15% minimum threshold. County governments will now receive Kshs 226.7 billion, representing 43% of the National Revenue. I signed the Division of Revenue Act alongside the County Governments (Amendment) Bill 2014. I also signed into law the Counsellors and Psychologists Bill 2014 which provides for the training, registration, licensing, practice and standards of counsellors and psychologists and other connected purposes,” President Uhuru Kenyatta posted after signing the bills....
Northern Kenya has always been associated with suffering, poverty, starvation and lack of infrastructure. The residents of this area have time and again said that they are not part of Kenya and believe that the government has forgotten them. Currently, northern Kenya is facing a major drought after rains failed with locals starving and relying on food aid. Where relief food does not come, residents are forced to eat wild fruits which are poisonous. They boil these fruits for hours to remove the poison before they consume it....
“3,000 families in Puma ward, Kwale County face eviction following a notice issued by a private developer,” a statement reads. Those to be evicted claim the notice was issued to them despite living on the 94-hectare land for almost 60 years. The reason the developer of the land will evict 300 families is reported as: “The developer claiming ownership of the land said he wants to use it to rear animals.”...
Taita Taveta County is a county with beautiful sisal estates. A dry region in nature, littered with shrubs and scattered trees, the beautiful green sisal plants captivate the eye as one stares at this long lines of plants. One of the big sisal farms is located at the outskirts of Voi town and can be viewed while standing at Petro Petrol Station. “The big farm is owned solely by a Mr. Basil Criticos,” a local tells me about the Sisal estate that is not only a lifeline but is also a big employer in a region that is full of squatters and many landless. The sisal once harvested Voi Sisal factory for processing and the factory is a big employer and the pride industry of Voi and Taita Taveta region....
David a security officer of Kijabe Boys High school among many others introduced me to the town of Kijabe, a town referred to as a missionary town. Many a time when people hear of the word “Missionary,” they immediately think of peace, serenity and most of all holiness. All this descriptions can be found in Kijabe town that has strictly forbidden any sort of behavior other than one of purity. Behaviors and lifestyles such as drinking alcohol, smoking cigarates and engaging in adultery or fornication are not encouraged in this town. You cannot find any shop selling cigarettes, condoms or even a bar. So strict are these rules that residents will tell you the do’s and don’ts. The strictness in the lifestyle makes many to not even open up to an economic platform like on advanced from Kenyans abroad. ...
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