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Tamarind Group CEO, Jonathan Seex, Dies in Ethiopian flight Et 302

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Tamarind Group CEO was among the 157 people who died after the Ethiopian Airlines plane crush on Sunday morning.

Reporting on their Facebook page, Tamarind Group has said “It is with immense shock and grief to inform you of the tragic news that Tamarind CEO Jonathan Seex was on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, the Tamarind community and all the others who have suffered unfathomable losses.”

The plane was plane was en route to Nairobi from Addis by the time of its crash killing all the 157 people on board.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Jonathan Leex took over the helm of Tamarind Group in January 2018 serving the high end high-end hotels operator for barely 14 months.

Others who died include 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese citizens, eight Americans, seven British citizens, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Dutch citizens, four Indians, four people from Slovakia, three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles, two Israelis; Belgium, Indonesia, Somalia, Norway, Serbia, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen each had one citizen onboard.

Four other people using United Nations passports also died in the crash but their nationalities are yet to be established.

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Why Former Nairobi County Finance Boss Will Pay Ksh.317M to the Government

He was convicted in a case filled by the EACC in a bid to recover Sh872 million from the former chief finance officer (CFO) on grounds that his accumulated wealth did not tally with his known legitimate sources of income.

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Former Nairobi County Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Kiamba was ordered to pay the government Sh282 million by a Nairobi Court.

Further to this, Kiamba is required to pay an additional Sh35 million to the government, failure to which he will forfeit his house in Runda Water Estate, Nairobi.

The judgement was arrived after the court established that the convicted is in possession of unexplained assets.

While delivering the judgement, Lady Justice Hedwig Ong’udi ruled that Jimmy Kiamba could not explain how he acquired his massive wealth, which the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) said was looted from the county coffers.

“My analysis of evidence proves that the EACC established that the huge cash deposits in his accounts were proceeds of economic crimes and constitute unexplained assets which must be forfeited to the state,” the judge ruled.

The case was filled by the EACC in a bid to recover Sh872 million from the former chief finance officer (CFO) on grounds that his accumulated wealth did not tally with his known legitimate sources of income.

In its argument, the EACC submitted that Kiamba’s salary between 2009 and 2015 totalled to Sh5.8 million and wondered how he ended up with over Sh1 billion in cash and assets during his tenure as CFO between 2013 and 2015.

The commission, through Philip Kagucia, said it investigated Mr Kiamba’s 11 accounts in eight banks and obtained bank statements for the accounts and compared the amounts deposited and his salary. It is through this investigation that the commission noted huge inter-account transfers.

Mr. Kiamba is said to have deposited more than Sh400 million between January and November 2014 despite earning a monthly salary of Sh85,000 as City Hall CFO. Evidence provided showed that he used several people at City Hall to make deposits in his accounts including Joseph Njoroge, his driver.

Mr Njoroge made total deposits of Sh66.8 million, while former head of treasury at City Hall Stephen Osiro made total deposits of Sh4.1 million.

In his defense to explain the source of the huge deposits, Kiamba told the court that he was in engaged in several other businesses apart from employment including farming, hotel business, transport, rental income as well as water business, while interior design and beauty parlor were his wife’s. This, as narrated in court, amounted as follows: Cattle revenue (Ksh.21,971,810), Wheat revenue (Ksh.17,094,610), maize revenue (Ksh.12,478,430), landed property (Ksh.35,000,000), Kwamga Mboya advocates (Ksh.300,000), totaling Ksh.317,648,604.

However, the judge argued that it was impossible to know how much had been injected in the transport business and therefore the house, which he allegedly bought at Sh35 million, fell under the category of unexplained assets.

It is after this analysis that the court ruled that EACC had established on a balance of probability that the cash deposits which Kiamba tried to explain through the revenue collection constituted unexplained assets as defined under Section 2 of ACECA and should be forfeited to the State.

“I therefore declare that the total sum of the, money indicated to be unexplained assets,” ruled Justice Hedwig Ogundi.

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We’re Ready for the Aug 2019 Census – KNBS Says

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164,700 youth has been recruited to participate in the oncoming census exercise, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) announced on Monday.

Director General Zachary Mwangi, while making the announcement, said out of these, 2,700 will be ICT supervisors, 27,000 content supervisors and 135,000 enumerators for the population census to be conducted between August 24 and 25 at a cost of Sh18.5 billion..

The state agency also said that training of the recruited supervisors and enumerators will begin on July 15. The ICT supervisors will train the content supervisors who will in turn train the enumerators for the digital census.

The census will cover a wide data set including demographics, disability, education, labour force, ICT, Agriculture, housing conditions and amenities as well as household assets.

The census data entry will be done through mobile electronic devices assembled at Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

“This was informed by the fact that these two universities did participate in the digital literacy programme for the assembly of the tablets for primary schools. This has led to creation of many jobs for the youth in the assembly and programming of these devices,” said Mr. Mwangi during the media briefing at KICC on Monday morning.

Through use of technology, transmission of data collected to the servers will be real time, a move expected to significantly reduce the time taken to release the census results.

The captured data will be key for planning, policy formulation and decision making.

The census is held every 10 years and 2009 marked the 5th census in post-independence Kenya. This will be the first time Kenya will have its first digital census.

“The census is more than a population count: it provides all levels of government, business, industry, media, academia and independent organisations with social, economic and demographic information that is essential for making decisions regarding the many services each provides to the public,” Mwangi said.

During the exercise, agents will be issued with tablets that will have an application to help collect the data. The enumeration clerks will be required to feed data into the gadgets before it is transmitted to a central database.

The organisation has so far conducted a cartographic mapping across the country in preparation for the census.

“The cartographic involves delineating the country into Enumeration areas,” KNBS said in a statement.

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Over 3.6M Kenyans Filed their Tax By the 30th June Deadline

The growth in the numbers show positive progress in tax compliance, a move that will eventually drive the country towards economic self-reliance

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Over 3.6M Kenyans filled their tax returns by the 30th June deadline, The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has said.

In a statement to the newsroom on Monday, Deputy Commissioner Marketing and Communication KRA Grace Wandera said the number of citizens filing their returns increased with more than 400,000 up from 3.2 million recorded by June 30 last year.

“The growth in the numbers show positive progress in tax compliance, a move that will eventually drive the country towards economic self-reliance,” she noted

Notable this year was a significant reduction of long queues which used to be the order of the day as the deadline for filing returns approached when last minute Kenyans rush to file their returns. This is change is attributable to the efficiency of the iTax platform and increased awareness undertaken by the taxman to encourage early filing of returns.

On sight assistance extended to both individuals and organizations countrywide has also been cited as a contributing factor to the efficiency witnessed this year.

Those who failed to file their 2018 returns by yesterday’s deadline will be charged an automatic fine of Ksh 2,000 or 5% of the tax due, whichever is higher for individuals and Sh20,000 or 5 per cent of tax due, whichever is higher for corporates.

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