POLICE USING SAFETY JACKETS TO COVER OR HIDE NAME TAGS AND SERVICE NUMBERS

Having received various complaints from our drivers regarding harassment by Police officers who refuse to identify themselves by covering their name and service tag numbers through their safety jackets, we went ahead and sensitized the general public and more so our members on the Standing orders.

The National Police Service standing orders Chapter 43 on Identification of Police Officers clearly states:

1 (2) A Police Officer in uniform shall affix a nametag and an identifiable Service number in a clearly visible part of the uniform at all times.

(3) A Police Officer in uniform shall wear a nametag, badge or identifiable service number badge on the left breast of his or her outermost garment.

When police officers hide their identities from the public, opportunistic rogue/corrupt police officers will have an opportunity to harrass the same people they are supposed to serve.

It is also impossible for the public to report any misconduct of unidentifiable officers.

FINANCE BILL 2021: REMOVAL OF “EXPORTATION OF GOODS OR TAXABLE SERVICES FROM ZERO RATED SCHEDULE AND INCLUDE THEM IN THE EXEMPT SCHEDULE”.

PRESS STATEMENT:

FINANCE BILL 2021: PROPOSAL TO REMOVE “EXPORTATION OF GOODS OR TAXABLE SERVICES FROM ZERO RATED SCHEDULE AND INCLUDE THEM IN THE EXEMPT SCHEDULE”.

We wish to draw your attention to the above proposal in the 2021 Finance Bill that is to come into effect on 1st July 2021.

If the above proposed amendment comes into effect it will have very serious and adverse impact on the costs of transportation and subsequently cost of Kenyan Manufactured goods exported/transported to the EAC region by Kenyan road and railway transporters.

By listing exportation of goods or taxable services in the exempt schedule the impact is that input VAT claim will be restricted to a proportion of vatable sales over total sales less exempt sales.

Currently, exportation of goods or taxable services are listed under the zero rate schedule and as a result input VAT is claimed in full.

The result of restricting input VAT claim is that the unclaimed VAT amount is added to the cost of the export service.

The EAC countries apart from Kenya have all zero rated exportation of goods or taxable services. This is in line with the standard treatment in the world.


 

IMPACT OF THIS AMMENDMENT TO THE INDUSTRY & KENYA ECONOMY.

$11.    Kenyan Transporters involved in exports transportation to the EAC countries are better off moving to Uganda or Tanzania and still load the same consignments, but pay taxes in those countries as this will enable them compete and operate in an affordable manner compared to transporters in those EAC countries.

$12.    Cost of exportation of goods and services will immediately increase as the unclaimed input VAT becomes part of the Cost.

$13.    Transporters from Uganda, Tanzania and the EAC region in general will be advantaged over Kenyan transporters as they can claim the full input VAT. It will be cheaper for importers in those countries to engage non Kenyan transporters to come to Kenya and collect their goods.

$14.    While the Kenya government is seeking to reduce VAT refunds, this amendment will have the effect of reducing taxes received by the government and unemployment will increase. The opposite will happen to our neighboring countries; an increase in employment and increased collection of taxes from transporters that were initially operating from Kenya and consequently, improving their economies.

The above amendment goes against existing world treatment of exportation of goods or taxable services.

WE REQUEST PARLIAMENT AND TREASURY TO REVERSE THE PROPOSAL IMMEDIATELY AND SAFEGUARD KENYA TRANSPORTERS AND OUR ECONOMY.

 

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Courtesy Call to County Police Commander, Mombasa

The Secretariat, the Executive Director, Director Bagha and the Board Chairman paid a courtesy call to the County Police Commander, Mr Stephen Matu.
The Chairman briefed the County Police boss of the role of KTA and the need to work together with Police. He also raised concern over petty offences, which deserve warning and the County Police commander was in agreement. The Executive Director raised the issue of police security at the COVID-Testing centre in Miritini and the Commandant promised to reach out to the OCPD to resolve the issue.

UGANDA: Free Covid-19 Vaccination to Drivers Cross Borders

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

BRAVO UGANDA GOVERNMENT
For Free Covid-19 Vaccination to Drivers Cross Borders

21st May 2021

 

Dear Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng
State Minister for Health (General Duties)

Kenya Transporters Association, takes this opportunity to thank The President of Uganda, His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for Uganda’s initiative to give free Covid -19 vaccination to truck drivers regardless of their nationality and age cross the borders into Uganda.

Since the start of the pandemic, truck drivers have continually served regional economies by delivering essential transportation services of medicines, food and other commodities even with the numerous challenges presented by COVID-19 protocols and risks to life.

We also thank the Ministry of Health Uganda for prioritising to vaccinate this important section of the population for FREE. Covid-19 does not recognise borders. We are one region and we depend on each other.

Our conversations with Port Health Uganda indicate that if/when 80% of drivers crossing the borders are vaccinated ,there may be a chance to stop Covid-19 testing of drivers crossing the borders.

On behalf of all Kenya Transporters and drivers, we say, THANK YOU TO THE UGANDA GOVERNMENT

We hope the Kenya Government will soon prioritise and have enough vaccines for the Kenya long distance drivers who form the majority of drivers crossing into Uganda and the EAC region in general.

Regards,
Mercy Ireri,
Chief Operations Officer

Mombasa Gate Bridge: The Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)

 The secretariat attended the stakeholder's meeting on the Mombasa Gate Bridge project. Some of the key salient points discussed included: 

  1. The project is no-longer a concept. It's 100% confirmed by the state and is to commence in earnest and with strict time-lines.
  2. All buildings in ganjoni, aligned on the 1st row & on the left hand side of Bishop makarios road (sacred heart high school side), from the mombasa sports club roundabout to where this road joins moi avenue, will be acquired by the state and demolished. Those on the right hand side of the said road will be spared, except those that are sitting beyond moi university area to canon towers. These will also be demolished.
  3. Remuneration for claimed property & business owners to take place between june 2022 - june 2024. With a high probability to start with the king'orani, ganjoni, liwatoni & finally likoni area.
  4. Currently till june 2022, repcon associates ltd (the project's consultants) & later on, the national land commission (nlc) will validate the titles, update the title register & conduct valuations of the properties. Their staff will physically come to see & value the properties. Valuations will be based on current market values and not on historical costs technique. Property owners will also be free to conduct their independent valuations, for comparison with those of the NLC.
  5. Compensations will be based on the NLC valuations. One will however have the right of refusal to their property by seeking a court order/judgment. 
  6. The compensation/entitlement matrix will be on land, development, loss of residency/tenancy & loss of business. The NLC payment will also include a 15% extra gracia of the valuation.
  7. Actual construction works to commence in june 2023. Completion is projected for end 2027/early 2028.
  8. The likoni floating bridge will be demolished in the next 5yrs, once construction of the mombasa gate bridge reaches that site. It's assumed that by then, the floating bridge shall have fully given its value for money.

 

 

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