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Court order gives landlords temporary reprieve

KRAThe Standard Tuesday, December 11 2012

By Paul Wafula

Hopes for implementing a system that will help the Kenya Revenue Authority net rental income tax cheats during this financial year have dimmed after the High Court extended orders stopping the taxman from procuring the database to February next year, following a dispute with an employee.

A KRA employee, Mr Samson Ngengi, went to court to force the authority to recognise his effort in developing the system by issuing him with a certificate of innovation and compensating him. But the taxman ignored his plea and wanted to procure the system from a third party. The latest development, however, compounds the taxman’s headache of bringing the lucrative realestate  sector into the tax bracket at a time the Government is counting on rental taxation to plug its budget shortfall.

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Kenya Rises Six Points in Connectivity Ranking

safaricomDaily Nation Tuesday December 2012

By Muthoki Mumo.

An analysis by German firm Deutsche post places the country at 94 out of 132 nations sampled, noting that Africa is the fastest growing in link-up rates.

Kenya has inched up six positions in the global ranking of economic and social connectivity. The country was placed 94 out of 132 countries in the Global connectivity Index published last week by German logistics firm Deutche post (DHL). In the previous edition of the index, Kenya was in the 104 position.

In sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya was ranked 11, beating countries like Senegal, Malawi and Namibia. South Africa and Nigeria were the most connected countries in the region.

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Lobby sues over plan to switch off analogue TV sets

TVpxBy GALGALLO FAYO

Monday, December 10  2012

The planned analogue television switch-off by the government faces a new hurdle after a lobby group moved to court challenging the decision.

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) filed a case under certificate of urgency seeking orders to prevent government from effecting the switch-off.

“This honourable court do and hereby grants conservatory orders to prevent the respondents from switching off analogue television signal transmission in Nairobi and/or any other part of the country on December 31 until 2015 in line with the global deadline pending the hearing and determination of this application,” states Cofek in its petition.

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Techno Brain offers IT placement for graduates

Monday, December 10, 2012 -- BY STAR CORRESPONDENT

technoTechno Brain, a software development company has partnered with the NetHope Academy by providing placement opportunities for fresh university graduates for a six-month program at the academy to enhance their classroom and on-the-job IT skills.

The NetHope program launched in Kenya in March 2012 is open to students in Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. . NetHope Academy provides training and certification in relevant technical skills, supplemented with practical on-the-job work experience and daily mentoring and guidance.

The program has enabled fresh graduates to earn relevant work experience becoming fully competent in the current IT sector and hence boosting their employability.

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IBM reverses Africa brain drain with Nairobi office hirings

boyBusiness Daily

By DAVID HERBLING Sunday, December 9  2012

Global tech firm IBM is seeking highly-qualified African techies in the diaspora who are willing to return to the continent and develop innovative IT solutions at its sole African research lab opened in Nairobi in August this year.

(Read: World Bank picks Kenya to host first green tech centre)
The tech firm is seeking Africans working in IT firms or teaching in western universities with doctorate degrees in computer science or engineering in a move that promises to reverse the brain drain that has hit emerging economies like Kenya.

“We need Africans with the right skill who are willing to come back to the continent and make an impact,” says IBM in a circular copied to Stanford University and seen by the Business Daily.

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