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Firearms board denies revoking Uhuru son’s licences



The guns Licensing Board has refuted claims that it was attempting to have the sons of former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s guns licenses revoked.

The board stated that the case was based on speculative claims and that it did not revoke the licenses in response to a petition brought by Mr. Kenyatta’s sons Jomo and Jaba in the High Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Through Senior Counsel Fred Ngatia, the sons had requested the court’s protection from the Firearms Board’s alleged illegal activities.

On September 26, the matter was scheduled for hearing, but it never started.

Some of the parties stated that they had not yet submitted their paperwork in order to have the case decided.

The parties have ten days to file their responses before a decision is reached, according to Justice Jairus Ngaah. He prolonged the injunctions prohibiting the State from terminating Mr. Kenyatta’s license prior to the 11 October 2023 mention date for additional instructions.

In July of this year, Mr. Kenyatta requested in his case file that the court step in and prevent the state from revoke his guns license “without following the due process set out in the Firearms Act.”

He claimed that no explanations were given when police arrived at his home on July 21 to demand that he turn in his firearms.

“When I inquired as to the reasons, if any, that led to the sudden demand for my firearms, the authorities feigned ignorance,” Mr Kenyatta said.

He said he was concerned about the strong-arm tactics that might be used, which is why he is asking the court to intervene.

“The grounds on which a firearms licence may be revoked are set out in Section 5(7) of the Firearms Act, which when read with Section 7(2)(a)(v) of the Fair Administrative Action Act, cannot be invoked without an opportunity to be heard,” Mr Kenyatta said.

The younger Kenyatta’s license is okay until April 27, 2024, per court records.

After Interior CS Kithure Kindiki announced on July 25 that 23 firearms had been recovered from three houses in Karen, Nairobi, as a result of an operation launched after it was determined that the weapons used during demonstrations had been provided by civilian gun owners, Mr. Kenyatta was disarmed.

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We are not taxing till numbers – KRA



We are not taxing till numbers – KRA

The public is being cautioned by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) about a widely shared post on the internet that purports to show that the taxman is now looking into Till numbers.

KRA made it clear in an official statement on X that these allegations are wholly untrue and advised the public to be caution when it comes to possible fraud.

“Not true. Till numbers are NOT subject to taxation, and KRA does not collect any such taxes. Beware of fraudsters purporting to do any of the above.”

The revenue authority directed citizens to verify KRA staff by dialling *572# or through their official website

In September, the government proposed amending the Data Protection Act of 2019 to exclude KRA from its regulations, aiming to facilitate access to information.

The proposed change was to empower the tax agency to retrieve data from Kenyan citizens, including real-time details of financial transactions conducted through mobile money.


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VIDEO: Wetang’ula bans Kaunda suits in Parliament



Speaker Wetang’ula bans Kaunda suits in Parliament

Moses Wetang’ula, the Speaker of the National Assembly, has forbade MPs from donning Kaunda suits within the chamber.

In a Tuesday speech to the National Assembly, Speaker Wetang’ula declared that the suits—also referred to as Mao Zedong coats—were improper attire in accordance with House norms.

“I direct that all members must observe Rule 9 of the Speaker’s Rules on Dress Code, not only in the Chamber but also in committee, lounges and dining areas,” he said.

He also banned hats, caps and traditional attire.


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Tragic explosion in Mexico leaves Kenyan man in a coma



A Kenyan man residing in Mexico is currently fighting for his life following a devastating explosion.

The precise whereabouts and origin of the blast are presently undisclosed, along with any knowledge of additional casualties.

It has been reported that the man, identified as Francis Kamau Chege from Kiambu County, Kenya, is currently in an induced coma. Regrettably, he was left unattended at the medical facility for several days, as his relatives were unaware of the incident until they unexpectedly came across pleas for aid on social media.

Chege’s girlfriend, who initially shared the details on the internet, had sought assistance to notify his parents and other kin.

Chege’s family from Githunguri, Kiambu County has expressed their deep appreciation to the online community for spreading the important news.

They are relieved that his severe burn injuries have promptly been brought to their attention. Meanwhile, they have reached out to his girlfriend and the relevant authorities as efforts are being made to contact officials in Washington for urgent assistance.

Mexico does not have a Kenyan embassy and instead depends on the embassy located in the capital of the United States. The family is thankful for the swift dissemination of this vital information. Activist Simon Mwangi draws attention to a series of explosions that have taken place in Mexico recently.

These explosions have been triggered by gas-related incidents and natural disasters caused by volcanic activity.

“Thank you for speedy sharing, the father and brother have reached out. We have notified the contacts in Washington for a quick response. Be blessed good people,” activist Simon Mwangi wrote.

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