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Lupita Nyong'o Urges Kenyans to Fight against SGR Construction through the National Park

Hollywood superstar Lupita Nyongo ranks highly as one of the most successful actresses from Kenya. Having championed many causes, she recently asked Kenyans on social media to unite against the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway through the Nairobi National Park.

Lupita who is an elephant ambassador urged Kenyans to send petition letters to the Director of NEMA saying:

 “We as Kenyans are so fortunate to be the custodians of a large biodiversity that exists in our national parks. And we also boast having the ONLY capital city in the WORLD to have a national park within it, a major tourist attraction. But The Nairobi National Park is being threatened: there are plans to build a new railroad through it.

"Though we do need a new railway system, this plan is not the only solution available. If you, like me, care to preserve our wildlife and our natural reserves, write to the Director General of NEMA (dgnema@nema.go.ke) and express your concern that this sets an unacceptable precedent for Kenya's parks and reserves. Urge them to construct AROUND the park, not THROUGH it! #ProgressNotDistress”

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Comments

waigurrusmenta…

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:14

Lupita and others in diaspora........kenya ni mafisi placrs taxes on everything and common man not consulted.
now gava thru some silly..stupid comission want to chsrge saccos members savings.....this is end of common kenyan.....need to scrap uselss sacco commision and many others in kenya.
as people atd taxed and other are hungry.
sacco membets should have say not savvo chairmen etc...watawekwa mfuko..
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Kenya Saccos now agree on proposed charges on member deposits
Posted Monday, November 28 2016 at 11:36
IN SUMMARY
The Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (Sasra), through a gazette notice, had proposed to increase charges to 0.175 per cent of deposits from 0.1 per cent, and cap the maximum amount payable by a sacco annually to Ksh10 million ($96,370), from Ksh6.5 million ($62,640), effective January 2017.
Kenya's co-operatives sector has moved to quell a simmering dispute over a proposed levy by the regulator, by agreeing to cut the charges to 0.125 per cent, from 0.175 per cent of deposits.

The Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (Sasra), through a gazette notice, had proposed to increase charges to 0.175 per cent of deposits from 0.1 per cent, and cap the maximum amount payable by a sacco annually to Ksh10 million ($96,370), from Ksh6.5 million ($62,640), effective January 2017.

But in a meeting held in Nairobi on Thursday, the Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives (Kuscco), Co-operative Alliance of Kenya, Kenya Rural Savings and Credit Co-operatives Societies Union, Sasra and about 300 Sacco representatives countrywide also agreed to cap the maximum levy paid by each society to Ksh6.2 million ($59,749) from the proposed Ksh10 million ($96,370) annually.

They resolved that the proposed levy of 0.175 per cent be implemented after five years to allow Saccos to grow.

“Our initial position was that there should be no increment in the levy, but after consultation with the stakeholders, we have resolved that the proposed 0.175 per cent levy be attained at the end of the fifth year to give Saccos time to absorb the effects of the reduced income as a result of the interest rate capping,” said Kuscco’s chief executive, George Ototo.

Sasra acting chief executive John Mwaka did not respond to our queries.

Sacco societies have protested new levies on member deposits announced by Sasra two weeks ago, putting the sector on a collision course ahead of a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta next month.

Co-operative Alliance of Kenya chief executive officer Daniel Marube told a Sacco Leaders Congress in Mombasa that the levies were wrong as they were based on member’s savings rather than earnings from the business.

“We have rejected the levies and have requested a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary. The Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority and other regulators should be funded by the Treasury,” he said.

The matter is expected to come to a head at ae meeting to be mediated by state department of cooperatives principal secretary Ali Noor Ismael in two weeks.

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