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Veteran journalist Emmanuel Juma is among employees sacked from NTV as Nation Media Group (NMG) kicked off its retrenchment on Monday, according to a Kenyan daily, Business Today.

Mr Juma, who was NTV news manager, is known more for his signature infotainment programme Bull’s Eye. He joined NTV in 2005 from KTN, where he ran a similar programme called The Parting Shot.

It was not immediately clear why Juma was edged out from NTV, but the company has been citing redundancy as the main reason for firing staff. Some media observers say it could be a fallout with management from the last genera; elections.

Also sacked from NTV is Lolani Kalu, who was famours for the Malimwengu, a Kiswali programme that featured unique cultures and innovations across the country.

Lolani Kalu is a veteran journalist, multi-linguist, musician, actor and comedian as well as Swahili poet. As a Journalist he has had a rare opportunity of interacting with Kenya’s diverse and rich arts and culture.

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Lolani is the founder of Safari47.org, which was established as a way to identify, nurture and develop raw talent identified in 47 counties of Kenya.

The others fired from NTV include Cromwel Onyango, NTV Head of Graphics, journalist Steve Mwei, and others identified as Maritim and Mutesa.

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The biggest shock is the exit of Emmanuel Juma, who has been a strong pillar in the NTV news management team. Those who have worked with Juma say he is a strict but witty. Juma started his career at KBC before moving to KTN where he shot to fame, thanks to his high pitched and poetic tone of reporting.

ONE OF JUMA’S BEST BULL’S EYE EPISODES

According to sources at Nation Centre, more employees from NTV’s technical department have also been fired in a layoff that appears to target more of the broadcast division. After NTV focus will turn to the newspaper side where some journalists will be pushed out while the newsdesk will be overhauled.

Nation Media Group has earmarked 140 employees for firing as it cuts costs to keep profits high. This is the second phase of restructuring. The first was implemented exactly a year ago.

The company’s management is under pressure to grow profit in a tight market with growing competition. The CEO, Mr Joe Muganda, is also leaving next week to join Vivo, after a false start at the media house.

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NTV under fire for hosting impostor on talk show

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

NTV invited the wrath of the Council of Governors (COG) after hosting an imposter who claimed to be “lead advisor” to the council in its morning talk show, AM Live.

NTV hosted Eng. Charles Kalomba on Thursday in a discussion on the proposed 8 per cent tax on petroleum products in the morning  show hosted by Debarl Inea.

COG said that the position that Eng. Kalomba purported to hold within the council does not exist within its ranks and has not hired anyone in that capacity.

In a statement posted on its social media platforms, the council expressly denied any affiliations to Eng. Charles Kalomba who appeared in the show to contribute to a discussion on the proposed 8 per cent tax on petroleum products.

“The attention of the council of governors has been drawn to NTV’s AM Live show where one Eng. Charles Kalomba posing as lead as advisor to the COG and Secretary General Jua Kali Sector was hosted among other guests,” read the statement.

COG said that the position that Eng. Kalomba purported to hold within the council does not exist within its ranks and has not hired anyone in that capacity.

The discussion has since been pulled down from the television station’s streaming sites and social media handles.

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Kenyans warn MPs that 2022 election is coming as they mull over Uhuru’s 8% VAT proposal

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The government risks losing about Sh100 billion it badly needs to fund this year’s budget if MPs gang up to shoot down President Uhuru Kenyatta reservations on the Finance Bill.

Among areas targeted in the memorandum include the eight percent levy on fuel products that will see about Sh17.5 billion realised, sugar confectioneries (Sh475 million), money transfers (Sh11.4 billion), betting companies and winners (Sh30 billion), the housing fund (Sh10 billion) and kerosene (Sh9.8 billion).

HUGE DEFICIT

On Tuesday, the National Treasury presented supplementary estimates to the House, proposing to slash its Sh3.026 trillion budget by about Sh55 billion.

If the MPs make good their threat to shoot down the president’s proposals during a special sitting on Thursday, it will leave the government sweating over how it will plug the huge deficit in the budget.

Of the entire budget, the Kenya Revenue Authority is only able to raise about Sh1.6 billion in ordinary revenue – including VAT on fuel products that the MPs have openly opposed on account that it will overburden the already overtaxed Kenyans.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich when he appeared before the Finance and National Planning Committee of the National Assembly on September 19, 2018. PHOTO | FILE

On Tuesday, President Kenyatta formerly cited his reasons to MPs for returning Finance Bill, 2018 to MPs for reconsideration.

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The bill – which was passed two weeks ago – gives the government the legal framework to finance its budget.

ROTICH’S PLEA

Yesterday, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich pleaded with the MPs to consider the bill with the President’s proposed changes.

“We reformed the tax law in 2013 because almost everything – about 435 items were tax exempt. This was done to expand the tax base because over time, we have been losing revenue because of the narrow tax base,” Mr Rotich told the MPs.

The committee chaired by Kipkelion East MP Joseph Limo is considering the president’s memorandum on the bill that has also proposed to delete the 0.05 percent ‘Robin Hood’ tax, which had been proposed on money transfers of at least Sh500,000.

The CS instead announced that the government plans to recoup lost revenue through the 20 percent imposed on the charges the banks levy customers in money transfers, meaning that the transfer charges could still go up.

There is also a new proposal to increase the price of kerosene by Sh18 per litre, to check adulteration of fuel, as well as split the current 35 percent tax on betting companies to include the winners.

MITIGATION MEASURES

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But even as the government does this, it is yet to put mitigation measures – zero rating of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and increasing cheap electricity connection, to cushion the poor from the high prices.

Currently, the government is only able to raise about Sh8.7 billion in the betting industry.

This will see betting companies charged 15 percent on top of the 30 percent charged in terms of corporate income and winners 20 percent.

“This is a punitive taxation measure. If you want to engage in the luxury of betting, you give the exchequer money,” Mr Rotich said.

THE VOTE

The committee is required to table a report recommending its adoption or rejection on Thursday morning.

It will require at least two- thirds or 233 of the 349 MPs to either alter the president’s view or shoot it down all together.

The MPs were also united against the taxes on sugar confectioneries, arguing that it will make the country uncompetitive in the region in terms of manufacturing – sweets, candies, biscuits, chocolate and other products.

“Why discourage local manufacturers?” Mr Limo posed. “Kenya is the centre of confectionery in the East African region. This levy may lead to uncontrolled importation,” he said.

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Mr Rotich explained that the levy on the confectioneries is one of the sin taxes imposed by the government to regulate the consumption of such products.

He argued that the cost of treating complications related to the consumption of the products far outweighs the benefits.

“We are here complaining about the tax yet we are spending more on health challenges. By discouraging this, you are protecting the health of Kenyans, including children. This provision is meant to raise revenue for development,” Mr Rotich said.

“These are the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and it is where the world is headed.”

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JKIA gets drugs sniffer dogs ahead of direct US flights

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Kenya has acquired three narcotic and explosive busting sniffer-dogs to beef up checks at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Moi International Airport ahead of New York-Nairobi direct flights.

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Enforcement Manager Kamau Ng’ang’a said the three join a fourth German Shepherd donated by America to be manned by 10 specially trained handlers.

“We are ready and set for the US-Kenya direct flights and this has seen us re-align our strategies to ensure all parcels and carrier bags are checked for prohibited drugs or explosives. We have also acquired new scanners from China that supplement the work of the dogs,” he said.

Kenya is a transit point for drugs bound from places like Afghanistan and the US.

“Our main role is to assess, collect and receive payments but must also ensure illegal substances are not passed through Kenya to other markets. We are glad Kenya now has dog-training schools that will supplement foreign dog-training for enhanced results,” Mr Ng’ang’a said.

Kenya has received the final nod to start direct Kenya-US flights which will open a new avenue for the movement of goods and passengers thereby helping shore up revenue for both countries.

Main exports from Kenya to the US include clothing which earned Sh37 billion last year.

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Flower exporters expect higher revenue from sales to the US with Kenyan traders enjoying lower import charges due to the shorter route.

The dogs’ unit was established in January 2005 and has helped nab consignments of heroin, cocaine and bhang as well as other harmful chemicals conceiled in carrier bags and parcels.

Mr Ng’ang’a said the dogs would help fast-track inspection thereby supplementing the physical and scanning checks at the international airports.

The handlers were trained locally with some undertaking specialised training in Japan.

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