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On Friday, May 26, the Kenyan newspapers Review 

On Friday, May 26, the Kenyan newspapers Review 

 

 

 

 

On Friday, May 26, the Kenyan newspapers reported why a Kakamega man asked the court to jail his son.

The dailies also reported about the supremacy wars rocking President William Ruto’s government and how proposed taxes will hurt Kenyans in the 2023/2024 financial year.

Kenyan newspapers for May 26.

1. The Standard

A Kakamega father who testified in court that he was tired of his son’s bad behaviour pleaded with the magistrate to jail him.

The father identified as XY appeared before Kakamega resident magistrate Caroline Cheruiyot and told her he had tried to correct his son’s behaviour but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

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He claimed his son committed petty offences such as stealing his money and household goods.

The enraged man also accused his son of skipping school. The latest offence he alleged he committed was stealing a cow valued at KSh 12,000 alongside another suspect in the Shigondo area.

“Your honour, I seek assistance from this court to help me correct my son’s manners. I have tried my best in vain. He has brought shame to the family by stealing someone’s cow,” XY implored.

The case would be mentioned on June 2.

2. Daily Nation

Kenyans will have to dig deeper into their pockets to finance the 2023/2024 budget if the 2023 Finance Bill sails through.

The bill proposes a raft of taxes aimed at collecting an additional KSh 200 billion.

Finance Bill is in the hands of members of parliament who would decide its fate amid opposition from the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and other Kenyans.

If passed, the biggest hit will be the increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petroleum products from 8% to 16%.

The double taxation will see the price of fuel skyrocket with an immediate knock-on effect on the costs of goods and services.

President William Ruto’s government hopes to raise an additional KSh 50 billion by doubling VAT on fuel.

3. People Daily

The publication reported that recurrent expenditure in both the national and county governments took a huge chunk of taxpayers’ funds leaving little for development.

Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) noted that counties and the national government spent KSh 316.8 billion on salaries and perks between June 2022 and March 2023.

During the period under review, devolved units gobbled KSh 126.02 billion while the national government forked out KSh 190.82 billion.

SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich indicated the expenditure on personal emoluments in devolved units was above the public finance management threshold.

4. Taifa Leo

On Thursday, May 25, former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga’s supporters clashed with the police following his arrest over alleged possession of illegal firearms.

Surrounding the gates of the offices was a group of youths who would break into instantaneous Agikuyu traditional dirges.

They took the time to sing in unison in Njenga’s support.

As they approached the gates, police shot in the air and lobbed teargas in the air to disperse them.

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