June 12, 2024: Top news events to look out for today

Wednesday, June 12th, 2024 06:57 | By
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. PHOTO/@rigathi/X
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. PHOTO/@rigathi/X

Here is what you need to know to get up to speed with today's happenings.

DP Gachagua in Mombasa 

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua left for Mombasa on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, and is expected to officially open the International Scientific Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya.

The event will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at a Mombasa beach hotel and will run until Friday, June 14, after starting on June 10.

The conference has been organised to explore Kenya’s local pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and gain insights into self-sufficiency strides, healthcare impact, regulatory challenges, and successful strategies.

However, Gachagua's other engagements are expected to attract more limelight, especially after the ban of Muguka by the coastal counties of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, and Taita Taveta.

Eyes will be keen to see whether the country's second-in-command will urge the counties to lift the ban.

KRA vs Governors

A new battlefront opened this week when the Council of Governors (CoG) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) when the latter imposed Value Added Tax (VAT) on revenue raised by counties.

Council of Governors Chairperson Anne Waiguru
Council of Governors Chairperson Anne Waiguru. PHOTO/@AnneWaiguru/X.

In a statement signed by CoG chair Anne Waiguru, said the move by the taxman is illegal.

“We therefore maintain that Kenya's constitutional architecture does not envisage that the national government will impose taxes on revenues raised by the county governments.  Furthermore, all finance laws enacted by counties do not load the revenue streams and sources with VAT as contemplated by KRA.

“We, therefore, find the demands by KRA on the imposition of VAT on Counties' Own Source Revenue (OSR) unconstitutional and an encroachment on the powers to impose taxes and duties of the Counties in contravention to Article 209 (3) and (4) of the Constitution," Waiguru's statement said.

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