Flaws in Uhuru’s Economic Promises Exposed; Babu Owino Offers Half of Salary to Fight Covid-19 & Betty Kyallo Closes Her Salon

Good morning,

When President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Wednesday that the country would enforce a curfew starting Friday, Kenyans, in their usual fashion, were quick to make fun of the government, accusing it of ignorance.

Does the coronavirus work overnight and rest during the day? This is the question that lingered in many of our minds, but in the real sense, it is us who are an ignorant bunch for not taking time to analyze the essence of the 7 PM to 5 AM curfew.

Think about it, during the day, we are usually out and about hustling for our daily bread, and it is only after working hours that we find the time to idle around in social joints, and it is through such hangouts that the virus is spread.

So, whether we like it or not, Uhuru did have a point!

Speaking of Uhuru, did you hear that he and his Deputy volunteered to take an 80 percent pay cut to help cushion the nation against the detrimental effects of COVID-19 on the economy?

Sadly, Kenyans have nothing to celebrate out of the kind gesture.

With the level of greed in the hands that the funds have to pass through before getting to the ordinary citizen, all that will reach us, perhaps, is the goodwill of the two leaders.

But hey, we have been given more time to stay indoors and create memes to get us through the pandemic so that’s a win right?

Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:

Flaws in Uhuru’s Economic Promises Exposed

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses press at State House. PHOTO: Courtesy

Economist David Ndii on Wednesday, March 25, broke down President Uhuru Kenyatta’s economic stimulus plans and identified several issues he felt needed remedying.

In a long post shared on his official Twitter page – following his hard-hitting letter to the president which went viral, the economist laid out several issues he felt weren’t addressed.

Ndii argued out a detailed case regarding micro and small enterprises (MSMEs), pointing out that they were the very engines of the economy and that offering tax cuts to such enterprises most of which were currently closed down was counterproductive.

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Babu Owino offers half of salary to fight pandemic, Kenyans demand he pays DJ’s bill instead

Embakasi MP Babu Owino at a past court hearing

Embakasi MP Babu Owino has received the wrath of social media after offering what many did not see as quite a generous move.

President Uhuru listed top government officials, including himself, who were to take salary cuts in an effort to offer something more to the global crisis.

Babu having watched that take place, immediately went on his social media promising to give 50 percent of his salary to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

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Support traders, urges Betty Kyallo as she closes her salon

Betty Kyallo

K24’s Betty Kyallo is counting losses after she was forced by the Covid-19 pandemic to close her salon, Flair.

The posh beauty parlour located in Kilimani was closed on Monday after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe directed that people stay home and observe social distancing. This is to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Betty informed her fans and clients of the decision by posting a notice.

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On Wednesday, Uhuru directed the reduction of the pay as you earn tax from 30 percent to 25 percent of the gross salary and 100% tax relief for persons earning below Ksh24000. Despite the good intentions behind the move, do you think it is fair for a government to take away such a huge percent of its citizens’ earning in the first place, especially in a country whose government does very little to help the people secure jobs?

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