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Martin Siele is the Editor and Content Lead at Business Today.

Justice William Ouko: Tennis, Music Lover Who Swore in Kibaki at...

His career has included some big moments, among them landmark rulings and administering the oath of office to former President Mwai Kibaki at Uhuru Park in 2002, after the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) rode to power defeating independence party KANU's then rookie politician Uhuru Kenyatta.

Tough Questions Kenyans Want Answered on Uhuru’s New Work Permit Policy

“We would like to see many investors from Tanzania coming to do business in Kenya. And I want to say this, Tanzanian investors are free to come and do business in Kenya. The only thing you will be required to do is to follow the laid down regulations and the laws that are in place,” Uhuru asserted while pushing for fast-tracking of the East African Common Market Protocol.

Return of 20% Betting Tax Spells Doom for Big Players

If it becomes law, the taxman would take Ksh20 of every Ksh100 wagered, regardless of whether the punter wins or loses.

Why KPLC Could Compensate You for Your Next Blackout

Black-outs have seen many of KPLC's biggest industrial customers invest in their own energy generation capabilities in recent years, in a bid to reduce reliance on the state-owned power distributor. If the regulations published on Tuesday, May 4 are adopted, Kenya Power would have to compensate compensate consumers for financial losses, equipment damage, physical injuries and death due to power outages.

Uhuru, Suluhu Strike Deal for Dar-Mombasa Gas Pipeline

Suluhu inspected a guard of honor before holding talks with her Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta in a bid to improve relations and trade flows between the two countries. The two leaders announced at a joint press conference that they had signed MoUs to begin work on various projects meant to boost interconnectedness in East Africa - including a gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa.

Uber Gets Rid of Trip Cancellation Fees in Nairobi, Mombasa

A section of users had long protested the charges, arguing that it was impractical particularly in cases where the driver was to blame for the trip cancellation, such as when their arrival at the pick-up location was delayed. Announcing the removal of the fees, Uber highlighted its focus on maintaining affordability and reliability.

MKU Scores Win in Court Over Ksh511M Dispute

The university appealed a 2011 ruling that found it liable to pay Ksh511 million to Step Up Holdings. The dispute stemmed from Step Up's claim that it incurred major losses after MKU's Kericho Campus was shut down soon after they had entered a verbal agreement with the university to run it.

Media Freedom in Kenya is a Fallacy – Let’s Talk About...

Often, Kenya's oft-talked-about media freedom has been seen through the lens of stringent regulations effectively gagging media in neighbouring East African countries as well as other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, on a continent where media markets are vastly under-developed with governments keen to control the flow of information, the bar for what is considered free media remains low.

Brookhouse Loses Ksh140M Tax Battle With KRA

Justice David Majanja ruled that subsidized tuition fees granted to its staff counted as a taxable benefit for which the employee was liable, further noting that the employer had an obligation to collect pay-as-you-earn (PAYE).

Kenya Power Eyes Telco Billions With Fibre Optic Network Extension

Kenya Power launched its fibre optic business in 2010 after being issued with issued with a Network Facility Provider - Tier 2 License by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK). It leveraged its extensive power transmission and distribution network to lay fibre optic cables across the country, and aims to enable licensed serviced providers to meet the constantly increasing bandwidth demand for voice, data and video.