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VIDEO: Uhuru between a rock and a hard place over external debts

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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s low key return to the country on Sunday night after attending this year’s Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) in Beijing is the classic tale of a leader between a rock and a hard place.

The president’s return comes at a time when the political class and the media have already set the agenda; the issue being the rise in fuel prices.

As it stands, all Kenyans’ eyes are trained on him to see what course of action he takes amid public outrage over the matter.

He has two options; to succumb to public pressure and sign the Bill into law or send back the Bill to Parliament with recommendations.

It is a tough balancing act for the president who has in the recent past been meeting world leaders for bilateral talks and drumming up support for his Big Four Agenda.

If he signs the Bill, he risks sending the country into the bad books of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has put into question the country’s credit worthiness due to the ballooning public debt which stands at a mind-ruffling Ksh5.1 trillion.

Watch as Citizen TV explains the debts in plain langauge:

In 2015, the government entered an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to raise funds internally after the institution raised the red flag over the government’s borrowing appetite and budget deficits. The agreement allowed Kenya access to a standby credit facility which the country can draw in the event of financial distress.

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That facility is yet to be renewed and the decision depends of generating revenue from internal taxes and repealing the cap on bank interest rates, which MPs also shot down. MPs want the 16% fuel tax VAT put on hold for a further two years.

The other option isn’t pretty either; if he sends it back to Parliament, he will be inviting the public’s fury which until now, has been directed at Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

The issue has united Kenyans across the political divide, a scenario that down not look pretty for the Jubilee administration.

The government has been under immense pressure to raise revenue to finance the Ksh2.7 trillion budget amid a shortfall of Ksh530 billion in collections by the taxman.

The government is seeking to raise Ksh 71 billion from taxing the petroleum products, attempts which have been termed as insensitive to the common man by politicians and experts.

On September 6, the High Court sitting in Bungoma suspended the tax pending presidential assent or sending back of the bill to parliament. Orders which the government has defied. “We have not been served with the order. If we are served we shall comply but the order is mainly on the National Treasury,” said Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Director General Pavel Omieke in a statement on September 10.

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A crisis meeting between Rotich and the parliamentary leadership over the fuel tax on September 6 ended without any resolutions.

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Uber plans blacklist of unruly customers to protect drivers

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Taxi-hailing firm Uber has rolled out a new rider quality system that will see it blacklist Kenyan riders who consistently receive poor evaluation from its drivers.

Uber’s new policy follows a myriad of complaints from drivers over unruly customers who make their job harder to execute.

The firm Monday sent a message to customers notifying them of this latest change while noting that, where an account is marked several times for complaints of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ and failure to adhere to Uber’s community guidelines, a rider will have restricted app access as a result.

The unruly behaviour, according to Uber, can include asking the driver to break the law by, for instance asking him or her to ignore speed limits. It also includes causing damage to the vehicle by for example vomiting due to excessive drinking or spillage of food and drinks in the car.

It also includes the use of inappropriate, abusive and disrespectful language and clashing with a driver due to bad behaviour.

This latest policy, the US-based firm said, will see badly behaved customers receive a warning and be guided on how to improve their rating.

However, if they continue to get bad feedback from drivers after warnings, the next step will be to temporarily suspend the account for one week and if there is still no improvement, face the possibility of full deactivation.

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“We have recently updated our community guidelines which extends the same behavioural standards to the riders that we have for drivers and we will be notifying a small number of riders that their behaviour needs to improve or their access to the app could be removed — which is already done with drivers,” said Uber Country Manager Brian Njao.

“Fostering a community of mutual respect matters to us and this change is about shared accountability on our platform and asking everyone using Uber to be respectful of one another,” he said.

Uber, while making the announcement, said that the move was part of the firm’s efforts- geared towards improving transparency, accountability and boosting the safety of its drivers and riders.

Drivers are also rated on a range of factors including the vehicle’s cleanliness, rider experience during the journey and overall mannerism.

Source:nation.co.ke

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MAHIGA HOMES: We build and deliver homes fast, on very pocket-friendly terms [VIDEO]

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Mahiga Homes Limited is a Real Estate Development Company which has become very popular with Kenyans in the Diaspora in the last few years. It was in the news recently following a colourful keys-handing over ceremony during which many investors, including tens from the US and Europe, took possession of their units.

How it works

Mahiga Homes offers decent and affordable housing to clients in different parts of the country. Generally, the homes are delivered within a period of 10-12 months (depending on the project), at an affordable rate, in secure and serene environments which are accessible from the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

Hand-selected by local experts, these homes – curated by design, amenities, and neighbourhood – provide a visual snapshot of the most sought after properties in town. Mahiga homes are affordable, luxurious and in modern designs. “We are passionate about quality of product/ service and meeting of set deadlines,” says CEO, Peter Mahiga.

Examples

Mahiga homes Ltd, having delivered and handed over 4 projects, namely: Cornerstone I Estate, Cornerstone III Estate, Cornerstone IV Estate and Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens, have become the talk of the town. Watch:

They now present to you Rockvilla III Estate Spacious 3 bedroom bungalows master ensuite located just 300 metres off tarmac at Joska.

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It is 15 minutes drive from JKIA and 30 minutes drive from CBD. The offer price is Kshs 3.95m.  Deposit is Kshs 1.6m and you pay the balance in 12 monthly installments.

This is a beautiful gated estate in the heart of serenity. They are 3-Bedroom Bungalows and each unit is sitting on a 40×80 plot.

FEATURES:

-Master Ensuite bedroom

-106 square metres

  -Master Ensuite bedroom

-Spacious Lounge and KitcheN

-Large windows for natural lighting

-In-built MDF wardrobes

-Cabro paved driveways

-Car park for 2 cars

-Green area

-Available borehole water for the estate

-Solar water heating system

-Perimeter wall all round the estate

We also present to you The RIVERFRONT Luxurious 3 bedroom bungalows, all bedrooms ensuite, located in Ruiru suburbs overlooking Tatu city, whose price is Khs 5.5m per unit. Deposit is Kshs 2m and you pay the balance in 12 monthly installments.

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Cornerstone I Estate was handed over on 25th August 2018, The owners have moved in and living in them already.

 

 

 

Cornerstone IV Estate, handover on 20th April 2019 home owners are moving in

Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens, handover on 29th June 2019

Cornerstone I, III, IV and Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens are sold out.

To learn more, visit www.mahigahomes.co.ke or call/Whatsapp +254 720 460 413

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Naikuni to pay Sh10m to ex-KQ employee he undressed at public event over Arsenal jersey

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Former Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, Titus Naikuni, has been ordered by a Nairobi court to pay a sum of Sh10 million to an employee he unlawfully sacked.

According to the Employment and Labour Relation Court, the action by Naikuni against former Corporate and Communication Manager Kepha Bosire was unjustifiable.

Bosire was awarded Sh1.8 million being three months’ salary in lieu of notice, twelve months salary compensation, Sh1 million for compensation for undignified treatment of the claimant all  amounting to Sh10 million.

On Thursday during the judgment, Justice Nelson Abuodha said the former CEO was personally liable for the award granted to Bosire.

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According to Moreno’s Lawyer Steve Mogaka, Naikuni removed Moreno’s t-shirt which he said did have the KQ logo. Bosire wore an Arsenal FC team jersey.

This happened in 2013 during an event that was held at the Lemek Conservancy.

According to the court, Naikuni would have looked for other ways of making Moreno leave the event.

The court also heard that Naikuni directed the Director of Human Resource at the company to fire Moreno which the lawyer argued was unfair as per the requirement of the Employment Act.

“The CEO embarrassed the claimant in front of his colleagues and other guests who were in attendance during event,” the lawyer told the court.

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Source:nation

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