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Parliament Allocates Sh1bn to The PSC for Internships

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In a budget revision for the financial year starting July 2019, parliament has included an allocation of Sh1 billion for the purpose of hiring interns who will be earning a monthly stipend of Sh25,000.

The National Assembly Budget and Appropriation Committee has directed the Public Service Commission (PSC) to employ interns sourced from all the constituencies.

This would present a great opportunity for fresh graduates to earn money as they gain much-needed experience especially as the current employment rate stands at 40 percent.

Kenyan employers have long since complained of the quality of graduates entering the job market. The graduates are said to lack experience and specialized skills, thus leading firms to spend a lot on on-the-job training.

“Increase allocation for Public Service Commission (PSC) by Sh1 billion for monthly stipend of interns,” said the BAC. This is one of the recommendations that must be adopted by the Treasury into the budget for the fiscal year starting July.

The move will also assist the government in mitigating a potential job crisis in the civil service which will lose 60,000 workers by June 2020.

Since public service salaries eat up half of all government revenues and make it harder to finance development projects, the hiring of interns would ease the bloated wage bill by replacing some of the retirees.

According to data from the Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the economy generated only 78,400 new formal jobs in 2018; a decline from 114,400 created in 2017, worsening the situation for school leavers.

A number of NSE-listed companies blamed a tough business environment as the reason for offering early staff exit packages for employees, which poses further complications for those currently employed.

With more students enrolling for studies, the number of vocational training centers rose by 26.6 percent last year to 1,502 with universities increasing from 61 to 63.

With fresh graduates generally perceived as being inexperienced and unskilled, their opportunities for direct employment after school are usually low.

This then leads to a high level of unemployment in the economy unless both the private and public sectors generate jobs at a faster rate.

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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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