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Daily Nation : February 24th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday February 24, 2014 KILIFI | Chamber of Commerce wants governors to revise finance Bills and lower cost of doing business Counties urged to lower levies New charges approved by counties discouraging foreign and local investors, says chamber of commerce chairman BY MATHIAS RINGA @mathiasringa email@example.com of doing business and attract foreign investors. Kenya National Chamber of Com- G merce and Industry (KNCCI) national chairman Kiprono Kittony said there was a need for the county chiefs to revise the Bills with the business community to reduce the high levies. Mr Kittony said the hefty business fees being charged by the counties EMBU 17 in hospital after taking ‘bad’ porridge BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Seventeen members of a fam- ily in Kithunguriri village of Embu North district were admitted to Embu Level-Five Hospital, after they took contaminated porridge. The nine men and eight women took the porridge prepared by their kin and soon started experiencing headaches and stomachaches, and later diarrhoea and vomiting. Eight other relatives, among them the children of Ms Agnes Igandu—who prepared the porridge—were treated at Karau dispensary and discharged . Ms Igandu said she did not be- come sick after taking the porridge she prepared on Saturday. LABAN WALLOGA I NATION Mombasa School for the Disabled students protest on the Mombasa-Malindi highway yesterday against alleged misappropriation of funds by the administration. They called for the removal of their principal. I served them (children) and other kin on Saturday morning. They started writhing in pain at 3pm.” Agnes Igandu She said she prepared the porridge using maize and millet flour for her immediate family, but served other members of her extended family—the late Mzee Ndwiga wa Katharaka’s family. “I prepared the porridge after my children said they wanted some. I served them and other relatives on Saturday morning. They started writhing in pain at around 3pm and received treatment at Karau dispensary,” said a distraught Ms Igandu. Embu hospital superintendent Gerald Ndiritu said those admitted were out of danger. NYERI Join hands on devolution, urges UK envoy BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The British High Commissioner to Kenya has urged leaders to put their differences aside for devolution to succeed. Dr Christian Turner said the three arms of government should respect each other to ensure development in the country. The high commissioner said devo- lution around the world takes time and all the relevant organs ought to work together instead of engaging in supremacy wars. This will enable Kenyans to have confidence in the new system of governance, he added. In 1997, he said, Britain implemented devolution but 17 years later, the country is still dealing with some mistakes that arose. “I do not think it is right for ambassadors like me to be giving instructions to Kenyan leaders although devolution around the world, including Britain, takes time. They will succeed “We are still dealing with questions about mistakes that may have been caused by the referendum. So my advice to Kenyan leaders, if I am asked, is haraka haraka haina baraka,” said Dr Turner. He was addressing journalists during the Scouts Founder’s Day at Kabiru-ini Showground in Nyeri County on Saturday. “I see many hardworking gover- nors, senators, parliamentarians and executives across the country, and I am confident that they will succeed but it will take some time. We are very optimistic about Kenya,” he said. Dr Turner denied claims that ambassadors have been funding human rights activists to topple the government, saying names of whoever the British Government funds are published on their website for the sake of transparency. The National Security Advisory Committee, through its chairman Francis Kimemia, on February 12 accused activists Timothy Njoya and Boniface Mwangi of receiving funds from USAID to bring down the Jubilee government. overnors have been urged to review their finance Bills with the aim of lowering the cost were undermining local businesses as well as scaring away foreign investors. This, he said, was hampering the national government’s efforts to attract foreign investors and create jobs for the youth. “I appeal to the 47 county govern- ments to review their finance Bills in a bid to lower the high levies which are hurting businesses across the country. We must create a conducive environment for business to thrive and attract 100 Percentage by which some counties have raised the single business permit fee. new foreign investments to help create jobs and grow the economy,” said the chamber chairman. Mr Kittony observed that some counties had raised the single business permits by over 100 per cent sparking protests from traders. High taxes, he argued, would result in closure of businesses and dampen the counties’ aim of increasing their revenue collection. The chamber, with the support of the national government, he stated, ‘‘ had signed a memorandum of understanding with investors from China, Nigeria, Morocco, Iran, Greece and the United Arab Emirates in efforts to attract new investments. The chairman said that the chamber had also sent business delegations to the UK, Austria, Sri Lanka and Slovakia to help boost trade relations between Kenya and those countries. Unfortunately, he said, the high lev- ies approved by the county assemblies had discouraged foreign investors. According to Mr Kittony, the cham- I appeal to the 47 county governments to review their finance Bills.” Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Kiprono Kittony ber planned to have a round table with the governors to find ways of addressing the high taxation challenge. At the same time, the KNCCI boss appealed to the government to address insecurity since it had adversely affected businesses. He cited tourism at the Coast, say- ing most hotels had been hit hard by shortage of guests due to terrorism threats and violent crime. MOMBASA | Students protest against ‘misuse’ of funds County News 19 BRIEFLY EMBU Criminals vandalise church in night raid Fear has gripped faithful in Nthagaiya, Embu East subcounty, after unknown criminals invaded the church and damaged property on Friday night. The attackers also inscribed threatening words on the Redeemed Gospel Church doors warning the faithful of unspecified consequences if it was not closed. RGC Mt Kenya South region Bishop Samuel Nginyi said nothing was stolen from the church. KILIFI Sh350m scholarships ‘to be given out fairly’ The Kilifi county government has assured residents that the Sh350 million scholarship fund launched last month will be run in a fair and transparent manner. County Secretary Owen Baya said names of the beneficiaries were being vetted by three boards to ensure only deserving students are selected. He spoke on the sidelines of a World Scouting Day event which he presided over. BARINGO Bid to castrate sexual offenders opposed The proposal by the Baringo County Assembly for sexual offenders to be castrated has continued to elicit mixed reactions from religious leaders and the civil society. The two groups led by pastor Joshua Cheptarus said from time immemorial, castration was meant for animals. He added that to deal with sexual crime, due process of the law should be followed in apprehending offenders and meting out punishment. KERICHO Tea companies asked to help in building roads An MP from Kericho County wants multinational tea firms operating in the area to contribute funds towards the construction and rehabilitation of roads. Mr Erick Keter (Belgut) said most of the residents in the constituency make a living by growing tea, which they sell to the firms. He said they deserve better roads to speed up delivery of the produce. He spoke when he launched construction of a six-kilometre road. NYAMIRA Residents ordered to vacate sports grounds Residents who encroached on sports grounds in Nyamira County have been given notice to leave. Sports, Culture and Social Services County Executive Peter Omwansa Ogwara gave the residents up to March 10, 2014 to destroy the structures they have built. “I have issued notices to the affected persons to leave and pave way for the refurbishment of stadiums in four sub-counties,” he said.
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