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Moi Minister’s Wife Elected as Senate Deputy Speaker

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Uasin Gishu Senator Prof Margaret Kamar wife to former Cabinet Minister and Kanu strongman the late Nicholas Biwott was elected as the Senate Deputy Speaker unopposed.

The sole, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nominated Senator Judith Pareno, issued a statement just hours over her withdrawal before the election was held at the Senate after three rivals pulled out of the race.

“Following consultations with the leadership of my party, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), I hereby give notice of my withdrawal as candidate for election as Deputy Speaker of the Senate. Thank you,” the statement addressed to Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka reads.

Senator Kamar succeeds Tharaka Nithi Senator Prof Kindiki Kithure who was ousted two weeks ago for being disloyal to Jubilee Party Leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Prof Kamar immediately took oath of office which was administered by Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyengenye.

Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata who replaced Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika announced his endorsement of Prof. Kamar on Monday via social media.

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Government scraps controversial tax on betting

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Government  has scrapped a 20% tax on betting stakes and winnings, which led to the closure of one of the biggest gambling companies in the country.

The removal of the excise duty could see the return of the once vibrant sports betting industry in the country.

The fiscal measure introduced last year attracted strong opposition from betting companies as taxed both the winnings and the amount staked by the person placing the bet.

 

 

This move led to the closure of several companies, including SportPesa which the taxman said owed over $500,000 (£400,000) in tax arrears.

Sportpesa, which has operations in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the UK and Italy successfully appealed against the new tax at a Nairobi-based tax court last November.

The tribunal ruled that the tax should be charged on winnings, and not the stakes placed.

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Women Referees extol the current FKF for great support extended to the Referees

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Former FIFA Referee and currently FIFA Referee Instructor Dorcas Moraa and Elite FIFA Referee Caroline Wanjala have praised the current Football federation for their contribution towards elevating Kenyan Referees.

The current Federation moved to waive the Physical Endurance Tests (PET) Kshs 3000 fee charge that encouraged more referees to engage in the exercise.

The Federation has diligently conducted quarterly PET and referee training in a move aimed not just at keeping the match officials consistently up-to-date with the Laws of the Game but also at ascertaining their physical readiness to officiate both league and international matches.

“I would like to thank FKF President Nick Mwendwa and the present Federation for their sincere support to the referees in the country,”said Dorcas Moraa.

Elite FIFA Referee Caroline Wanjala continued to echo her counterpart towards the efforts the current Federation has done to improve the state of referees in the country.

“I would like to applaud the current regime for its attempts to boost the country’s performance of referees,” said Caroline Wanjala.

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[Ghana] Kotoko  Should  Be Run  Professionally

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I am coming to Kotoko to help run the club Professionally ,not sidelining the supporters.

I will make sure we have a day with the fans,to make them feel part of the club.

We will share ideas with them,solicit advice from them on all policies.

Kotoko should not be run by one man,all financial burden on a person but it should not be so,all hands should be on deck.

Martin  Osei  Kwaku  Kotoko  Board  Member  told Ghana- Kumasi Base Radio Station  Oyerepa  FM

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