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CHINESE AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIP 2020/2021

The Chinese Ambassador's scholarship programme was started in 2013, with the aim of supporting needy students. The Chinese Embassy has been supporting the education institutions in Kenya in a bid to help young Kenyans to pursue their dreams at the University of Nairobi.

Over 100 Students from the University of Nairobi have benefited from this programme since 2013. The Scholarship targets only undergraduate students under the Government Sponsored (Module 1) Category.

PROF. KIAMA APPOINTED CHAIR OF THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL COMMITTEE

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is an international organization dedicated to building a better world through higher education located in London, United Kingdom that has more than 500 members spread across the 50 countries in the commonwealth with University of Nairobi being one of them.

UoN GRADUATE THESIS TO INFLUENCE ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICY

Eric a former UoN student having graduated in December 2019, wrote a thesis under the provision of Prof.Ben Sihanya titled "Viability of Lifestyle Audits as an Anti-Corruption Strategy in Kenya: A Critical Assessment of the Policy, Legal and Administrative Framework." It has been lauded by the Senate as timely and significant study, no wonder the panel scored the research work at an A grade. Dr. Nancy Baraza chaired the panel with Dr. Jackson Bett as the reader. You can read more here

MEASURES TAKEN FOR SCHOOL RE-OPENING

Schools might be reopening in two and half months time (September) and according to CS Prof Magoha, he felt confident that the preparations in place to check the spread of Covid-19 among learners were sufficient. The Education Ministry still has ongoing consultation on the academic calendar year more so on the school exams. Prof Magoha requested that board of management should support governmental efforts to create a safe,conducive environment for the students upon school resumption. These efforts include:

NORMAL OPERATIONS RESUMPTION FOR COMMUTER TRAINS

In his national address, President Kenyatta, on the 6th June 2020 revised the government nationwide dusk to dawn curfew from 7pm-5am to 9pm-4am. Kenya Railways tweeted  "Kenya Railways wishes to inform our customers that effective Monday 15th June 2020, all commuter trains will revert to the normal schedule ; following the revision of the daily national curfew hours from 7:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

$100 MILLION YOUTUBE FUND IN SUPPORT OF BLACK CONTENT CREATORS

These Covid-19 pandemic times has seen an interesting turn of everyone turning to social media for their businesses or starting channels on cooking, make up, fashion, memes, challenges the list is endless. The popular platforms are TikTok, Instagram. YouTube is not being left behind, in light of George Floyd's death, they are launching a $100 million fund to amplify the voices of black creators on its platform by developing talent and funding new shows. The fund will support the creation of new YouTube original programming and help with the development of black creators and artists.

KENYA'S 2.91 TRILLION BUDGET FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2020/2021

Treasury CS Ukur Yattani, unveils the 2020/2021 2.91trillion budget yesterday 11th June 2020 to the National Assembly for approval. The final spending estimates are slightly lower than the present Ksh 3 trillion budget approved in December's first supplementary budget.The theme was on "Stimulating the Economy to safeguard livelihood, streamline jobs and Steer Economic Recovery." This article will touch on the budget for Education, Youth, Persons with Disabilities and the highlights of the budget.

VALUE ADDED TAX - DIGITAL MARKET PLACE SUPPLY - TO TAX YOU FOR YOUR MOBILE APPS ET AL

KRA - The Kenya Revenue Authority plans to tax every Kenyan downloading e-books, movies and mobile apps. In the Value added tax on the Digital market place supply, the regulations proposes the taxation on news, magazines, journals, TV shows streaming, music, podcasts, online gaming, software, drivers,website filters, and firewalls. Other targeted services include website hosting, online data warehousing, file-sharing, and cloud storage services.

UBER AFRICA LAUNCHES DIGITAL WALLET

Uber is launching its Uber cash digital wallet feature in sub-saharan Africa through a partnership with San Francisco based Nigeria founded fintech firm Flutterwave. There are different top-up methods available, Kenyans will use Mpesa. Alon Lits, Uber's general manager for sub saharan Africa says that Uber cash will go live this week with the aim to increase Uber's ride traffic in Africa by boosting the volume of funds sent to digital wallets and reducing friction in the payment process.

GRADUAL RE-OPENING OF THE ECONOMY, AGREEMENT TERMS FROM BOTH NATIONAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS

In his national address on the 6th June 2020, President Uhuru spoke about the lack of sufficient isolation-ward capacity at the county level giving an example of Siaya County that had a 10 bed isolation ward with 9 positive covid-19 cases. The home care alternative would be a risk as it exposed loved ones to the virus. Kenya currently has 3,094 positive cases with the number increasing daily.