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Why Kenya’s President Urges Citizens to Embrace the Tax Collector

President William Ruto claims Kenyans pay fewer taxes than citizens in some other African nations. Kenyans are realizing the truth in the old saying that taxes—like death—are life’s only certainties. President William Ruto is nudging them to fork over more of their hard-earned cash, arguing that they are, if anything, under-taxed. Ruto recently contended that Kenyans have been led to believe they pay the highest taxes, when in reality, their overall tax burden is lower compared to some other countries in Africa and…

Exclusive Interview with President William Ruto: Unveiling Kenya’s Impact on the Global Stage

Redi Tlhabi dives into Kenya’s alliance with the US and its security ties with President William Ruto. US President Joe Biden welcomed Kenyan President William Ruto, marking the first official visit by an African leader since 2008. Their talks centered on expanded cooperation in US investments in Kenya's trade, technology, green energy projects, and debt relief. Biden has given Kenya the status of a major non-NATO ally, while China's and Russia's clout in Africa swells. The visit bolstered Kenya’s image as a conflict…

Chinese Ceramics Firm Boosts Kenya’s Affordable Housing Revolution

Under a bright, sunny sky, employees at KEDA (Kenya) Ceramics Company Limited, situated roughly 70 kilometers south of Nairobi's hustle, bustled with packing vivid, multicolored cartons of floor tiles for shipping to customers. A worker scrutinizes tiles set to go through ceramic inkjet printers at the KEDA ceramics facility in Kajiado County, Kenya, on May 17, 2024. (Xinhua/Li Yahui) Under a bright, sunny sky, employees at KEDA (Kenya) Ceramics Company Limited, situated roughly 70 kilometers south of Nairobi's hustle,…

Exploring Kenya’s Little Somalia with Hassan Sheikh: An Authentic Cultural Journey

Nairobi, Kenya - President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud explored the Eastleigh neighborhood in Nairobi, often referred to as 'small Somalia' due to its high population of Somali ethnic groups and reputation as a thriving business center. Eastleigh is a key economic hub in Kenya, controlling a significant portion of Nairobi's GDP and contributing significantly to the country's overall revenue. It is sometimes dubbed as the commercial heart of Nairobi, also known as 'new Mogadishu'. During his visit on Wednesday, Hassan Sheikh…

Fatalities Reported Following Cyclone Ialy in Kenya’s Coastal Area

Volunteers are helping to clear debris from the roads in the Mbaraki area of Mombasa County, Kenya, after a cyclone caused destruction on May 21, 2024. The cyclone, known as Ialy, escalated from a tropical storm and brought strong winds, rain, and high waves to the Indian Ocean, resulting in two deaths and six injuries in Kenya's coastal region on Tuesday evening. Police in Kilifi County confirmed the tragic death of a young schoolgirl after the strong winds ripped the roof off a classroom, and another individual died when…

Kenyan President Ruto Embarks on US Visit Amid Police Deployment Plans to Haiti

The President of Kenya, William Ruto, is scheduled to meet with Joe Biden in Washington, DC, as part of his visit to the United States. This visit aims to strengthen economic and security ties and initiate a police mission to Haiti that had been delayed. President Ruto's visit comes at a time when the US administration is focused on enhancing relationships with African nations due to heightened competition from China and Russia on the continent. The deployment of a Kenya-led police force to Haiti, authorized by the UN…

Devastation and Brutality: The Impact of Floods on Kenya’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

Winnie Makinda weeps as she recounts the tragic death of her son, Ian Otieno, due to a bulldozer in Nairobi on May 8, 2024. The Kenyan government recently ordered the destruction of buildings that are within 30 meters of rivers. In Nairobi, Kenya, Winnie Makinda, 35, expresses her distress over the government's handling of floods that devastated her community. Raging floods and mudslides wreaked havoc, claiming hundreds of lives and affecting thousands of people due to heavy rain during Kenya's rainy season. Vulnerable…

Somali Support for AUC Nomination Thwarts Kenya’s Diplomatic Efforts on Behalf of Raila Odinga

In a heated competition, Fiqi raised concerns about Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, accusing him of supporting Somalia's division in the past. Fiqi stressed the importance of Somali unity behind Adan. Fiqi's comments come amidst rumors of diplomatic talks, with Kenya reportedly pushing for Somalia to withdraw its nomination in favor of Odinga, who is vying for the East African Community's endorsement. Despite Kenya's efforts, Somalia enjoys support from nearly 30 African nations in the Organization of Islamic…

Unlocking Opportunities: Kenya’s Vital Trade Relationship with Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya - Rigathi Gachagua highlighted Somalia as a crucial trade and investment partner for Kenya, emphasizing the need to enhance bilateral ties and trade relations between the two nations. Gachagua noted that despite the current minimal trade volumes, Kenya's exports to Somalia reached USD124.5 million (Sh15 billion) two years ago, with imports at USD581.7 thousand (Sh71.5 million). The Deputy President expressed optimism about the potential for increasing trade volumes by leveraging the Kenya-Somalia relations…

Kenya’s Government Causes Heartache by Destroying Homes in Flood Zones and Providing Mere $75 Aid

The government of Kenya has initiated the destruction of houses built in areas prone to flooding, offering evicted families $75 to relocate after a deadline to evacuate. In Nairobi, a bulldozer demolished homes while security forces with weapons stood guard and fired tear gas at residents. The government urged thousands of people to vacate flood-prone zones, but many are unsure where to go, despite claims that they were informed of options. Human Rights Watch criticized the government's response as insufficient. Frustrated…

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