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JamboPay Tickets Remain Valid After Change in Revenue Collection System

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According to the Nairobi county director of parking Tom Tinega, every ticket that was bought through JamboPay’s eJijipay platform remains valid even after City Hall altered its mode of revenue collection.

He added that the county government has requested information from JamboPay on the cars that have prepaid and the period to avoid cases of clamping due to non-compliance.

Motorists will from Monday be required to pay their parking fees through a new USSD code, *235#. This is after the county terminated its 5-year deal with WebTribe, the e-payment firm that owns JamboPay, and instead adopted an internal revenue collection system.

“Any money paid for one or three months, the receipts are valid until they expire. There is no vehicle that will be clamped,” Mr. Tinega said.

The change brings to a close a deal that was shrouded in controversy that had JamboPay and City Hall lobbying accusations of contract breaches at each other.

In both January 2015 and February 2018, representatives of Nairobi ward had directed the governor to end the contract with JamboPay, accusing the firm of breach of contract.

Also in January 2015, the firm withheld funds worth Sh2.82 million for a total of 57 days and Sh51 million in February last year.

On the other hand, Danson Muchemi, CEO of WebTribe, accused City Hall of negative publicity and political interference.

In the contract signed in 2014, WebTribe was supposed to settle all of City Hall’s cash transactions within half a day and all e-payments within 3 days, in daily batches.

Due to the installation of Nairobi’s internal revenue collection system, the contract that was to end in April 2019 was extended to buy time.

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Keroche Breweries’ Tabitha Karanja and Husband To be Arrested Over Tax Evasion

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The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Noordin Haji, on Wednesday ordered the arrest and arraignment of Keroche breweries directors – Tabitha Karanja and her husband, Joseph Karanja, on claims of tax evasion amounting to Sh14.4 billion.

The two, who are directors of the brewery, will face 10 counts of Tax Fraud.

“Having independently reviewed the file and applying the provisions of the National Prosecution Policy, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge the suspects listed herein with 10 counts of Tax Fraud, contrary to section 97 (a) and (c) of the Tax Procedures Act, 2015,” said the DPP in a statement.

According to the DPP, KRA commissioner-general submitted an inquiry file to his office on August 18 and an audit by KRA established that Keroche Breweries had evaded payment of tax totaling sh14,451,836,375.

The taxman accuses the company of evading payment of Sh12.34 billion VAT for stamps (Sh329.4 million), Crescent Vodka (Sh135.4 million) among other products. The firm is also is also accused of evading payment of excise duty amounting to Sh2.1 billion for the same items.

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Mahiga Homes Awarded as Best Low Cost Low Rise Residential Developer During The Real Estate Excellence Awards

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The Leading Real Estate Developer, Mahiga homes Ltd, won two major coveted awards in The Real Estate Excellence Awards, namely;

1. Best in off plan Residential Sales
2. Best low cost low rise Residential Developer.

This comes in the wake of the firm being recognized internationally by being awarded The Leading Real Estate Brand 2019 by UK based ranking company Global Brand Awards.

This makes Mahiga homes Ltd the best company with the most Awards totaling to 7 since it started operations 2 years ago.
The previous awards are;
KPRA Awards
1. The Rockie of the Year 2018
2. Affordable Housing Initiative

Real Estate Excellence Awards 2018
1. Most Promising Residential Developer 2018
2. Best Low Cost Residential Developer 2018

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Kenya’s Victor Wanyama Sues Menengai Oil for Image Rights Violation

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Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Wanyama, on Wednesday moved to the Nairobi Milimani High Court complaining about his image being used against his will.

In the case, Wanyama is accusing the firm of publishing his image in a tweet alongside the company’s trademarked logo on June 21. This was two days before Kenya’s national team Harambee Stars played their first match at the African Cup of Nations 2019.

“If you believe it, you can do it, we at the Menengai would like to wish our boys all the best in the Africa Cup of Nations,” read the tweet which was pulled down by the firm on Thursday.

According to the footballer, the tweet was never meant to wish the Harambee Stars good luck but to promote Menengai Oil’s business.

Wanyama argues that the wording in the caption together with the use of his image created the impression that he was the official brand ambassador of oil maker, noting that the image used did not contain the entire Kenyan football team but a few select individuals..

“If the message was meant for the whole team, a photo comprising the entire team could have been used,” reads the affidavit.

The footballer wants the court to declare that the action by Menengai contravened his image and personality rights. he further seeks a declaration that the image published by Menengai constitutes a marketing advertisement and that he is entitled to damages as a result.

“I did not consent to the use of my image in the post published by Menengai. I am greatly disturbed by the continued use of the image as the company has failed to delete the offending post from its twitter account despite demand to do so,” he adds in the affidavit.

Wanyama also argues that he has worked hard to build his brand and reputation over the past 12 years of his football career and as a result he is the brand ambassador for several companies such as Addidas, Multichoice and Safaricom.

He swore that the company infringed on his rights by selectively using his image when other firms who also supported Harambee Stars during the Africa Cup of Nations did not infringe on the rights of any player. He added that his club also has a partnership with other brands which the players promote, and which is in direct competition with the company’s brands.

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