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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.

PhD STUDENTSHIP FOR RESEARCHERS WITH DISABILITIES

PENDA is pleased to launch it's final PhD studentship for researchers with disabilities in Kenya focusing on researching the impact of Covid on people with disabilities, surrounding Disability Inclusive Development. The PENDA Consortium is committed to building the capacity of researchers with disabilities from LMICs, and so is funding exciting new studentships in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.

MR. JOHNSON KINYUA APPOINTED AS THE NEW DEAN OF STUDENTS

Johnson Kinyua has been appointed as the New Dean of Students with effect from June 2, 2020. Previously, he served as the Director, Career Services, UoN in charge of students’ skills development, job placement, linking students with industry, academic advisory services, career fairs, counseling services, high school recruitments, students exchange, apprenticeship services, alumni networking and mentorship services for a period of 2 years.  

PRESIDENTIAL DIGITAL TALENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME (DIGITALENT) COHORT V

The ICT Authority invites suitable recent university graduates to apply for the Presidential Digital Talent & Programme (POTP) Cohort V intake. Through this transformative initiative the Government is looking for young talented Kenyans with passion for ICT and public service to undergo a structured 12-month internship program in both the public and private sector organizations.

FULL SCHOLARSHIP FOR PWDs TO STUDY A MASTER'S DEGREE AT UON

Development Pathways is excited to announce the launch of the Krystle Kabare Scholarship. One Kenyans student with disability will be awarded full academic funding to study a Master's degree at the University of Nairobi. The scholarship was set up to honour the memory of the late Krystle Kabare.