State urged to waive licence fees for SMEs by half in 2021

“The government has been urged to consider waiving licence fees for small and Medium Enterprises in 2021 due to the tough economic times caused by COVID-19. This is one of the economic interventions proposed in a meeting with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance chaired by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i on Thursday.”

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Kenya, Uganda authorities meet to resolve truck drivers standoff

“Ministers from Kenya and Uganda are expected to have a meeting amid efforts to find a lasting solution to challenges facing truck drivers at the border points. Interior CS Fred Matiangi and Transport CS James Macharia are expected to meet their Uganda counterparts amid rising concerns of verbal and physical harassment of the drivers.”

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Turkana County confirms its first virus case

“Turkana Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro on Monday confirmed the county’s first COVID-19 case at the Kakuma Refugee Camp.”

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11,000 health care workers trained to tackle virus

“Kenya has so far trained 11,000 health workers across the country to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Belgian Amb. to Kenya: ‘Women, youth in informal areas lead war on COVID-19 despite poverty’

“When the COVID-19 struck Kenya in March of this year, I knew the economic consequences would take a toll on the country’s population, especially those who already live on the fringe of poverty.”

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Kenya and Tanzania border spat to erode free trade gains

“The closure of the Kenya-Tanzania border will negatively impact Kenya’s export earnings, as the country is among Kenya’s top export destinations. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data shows that ast year, Kenyan exports to Tanzania grew by 13 per cent to Sh33.9 billion.”

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Uhuru announces extension of Kenyan curfew by another 21 days

“President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the extension the nationwide 7pm to 5am curfew by another 21 days. The curfew will now stay in place until June 6, 2020.”

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State waives virus testing cost as plans to reopen hotels takes shape (Kenya)

“The government has waived the cost of COVID-19 testing for the business sector from Sh4,000 to Sh1,000, Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala has said. This, Balala said, is a move aimed at supporting the economy which is already taking a hammering due to the global pandemic. This follows efforts by the government to reopen restaurants while protecting Kenyan lives in the process.”

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Immediate audit of COVID-19 spending necessary

“Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has called upon the government to audit the funds allocated for the fight against the coronavirus.”

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Matiang’i warns of tougher anti-virus rules citing Kenyans’ indiscipline

“Interior CS Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday said, ‘We have been warned several times about our behaviour especially in certain estates in Nairobi and in Mombasa. Government is putting forward scientific information. Let’s change our behaviour.'”

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