Court backs Sh14 billion pay deal for varsity staff

More than 10,000 employees of public universities have scored a major victory after the Employment and Labour Court directed the Treasury and the Education ministry to set aside additional funds for the implementation of a long-pending Sh13.8 billion pay deal between the institutions and their unions. Justice Maureen Onyango agreed…

UK pledges Sh8 billion for Kenya affordable housing scheme

Kenya is set to receive at least Sh8 billion from the UK to fund the construction of affordable housing. UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab said Wednesday the funding — which would come in tranches — is part of the UK government’s support of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s vision of providing 100,000…

Kenya taps Sh1.3bn US fund for workers’ rights ahead of new trade deal

Kenya is set to benefit from a Sh1.29 billion US government fund meant to improve compliance with international labour standards in key export sectors ahead of a new trade deal with Washington. The US Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) said Kenya is among three African countries picked for…

Man sues Kisumu over 7,000 percent land levy increase

A Kisumu resident has gone to court seeking to suspend the recently gazetted Draft Valuation Roll 2017 by governor Anyang Nyong'o's government, which he argues imposes exorbitant property rates. Mr John Michael Obure, a tenant of a rented property in Manyatta Kisumu wants the Kenya Gazette notice that has bumped…

Covid hits mineral royalty earnings

Kenya’s earnings from mineral royalties are expected to decline by 12.7 percent to Sh1.4 billion this year after the coronavirus pandemic interrupted mining and export value chains. The country’s biggest mineral royalty earner, cement will bring in Sh651.7 billion down from Sh686.9 billion while titanium will deliver Sh479 billion down…

Why matatus feel threatened by new Nairobi transport plan

Public transport in Nairobi is set to go through a transformation in a State-backed plan aimed at unlocking traffic and easing movement in the capital city. However, the matatu and taxi operators are not happy with the new changes saying they are likely to drive them out of business. One…