Press Review: Today’s top stories at a glance

Today is Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

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Here is a quick look at what is making headlines.

Increasing NSSF Contributions

Court of Appeal makes a ruling paving the way for the increase of NSSF contributions from the current KES 400 to a maximum of KES 2,160.

After seven years of a tussle in the corridors of justice, the contentious section 20 of the NSSF Act of 2013 has been given a green light by the Court of Appeal. This means that going forward, the 240 billion shillings strong National Social Security Fund can now revise member contributions from the prevailing KES 200 per employee per month matched by another KES 200 by the employer, to 6.0 per cent of one’s pensionable income.

This amount will now be capped at KES 2,160 as provided by the Act. This development is a big win for the Kenya Kwanza government which is banking on ramped-up NSSF collections to help finance the affordable housing agenda.

Director behind KES 600M fraudulent tender to be charged

EACC, yesterday, arrested Joram Opala Otieno, Director of the company behind the KES 600m fraudulent tender for the Malaba Water Project awarded by Rift Valley Water Services Board. He has been at large since 1 February 2023, when his 6 colleagues were arrested and charged.

The suspect, currently in police custody, will be presented to the Bungoma Anti-Corruption Court at 9:00 am. He will be charged with fraudulent practice in procurement contrary to section 66 (1) as read with 177(a) of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015.

Al Shabaab militant killed while emplacing IEDs along road

The Counter Terrorism Police killed one Al-Shabaab militant who was caught in the act of emplacing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the Sedahgose-Amuma road in Fafi, Garissa County.

Another militant was captured as he attempted to flee while another escaped with injuries according to the Counter Terrorism Police.

One AK47 and assorted materials were recovered.

Protesters in DR Congo’s Goma denounce East African military force

Thousands of people demonstrated Monday in Goma, the commercial hub in eastern DR Congo, to protest the perceived inaction of an East African military force against the M23 rebel insurgency, according to an AFP reporter in the city.

The M23, a Tutsi-led group, has captured large swathes of territory in the North Kivu province, recently coming to within a few miles of Goma and its one million residents.

To aid the Democratic Republic of Congo’s authorities, leaders of the seven-nation East African Community (EAC) approved the deployment of a military force to combat the rebels, with the first troops arriving in Goma last November.

Earthquake kills more than 4,300 in Turkey, Syria

Rescuers in Turkey and Syria dug with their bare hands through the freezing night Tuesday hunting for survivors among the rubble of thousands of buildings felled in a series of violent earthquakes.

The confirmed death toll across the two countries has soared above 4,300 after a swarm of strong tremors near the Turkey-Syria border — the largest of which measured at a massive 7.8-magnitude.


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