Have you heard that NHIF has lowered some rates? Plus other news

1. NHIF Lowers Monthly Contributions For Section of Kenyans

Monthly contributions to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) for informal workers will now be reduced from the initial Ksh500 to Ksh300. This is part of the proposed changes to the NHIF Amendment Bill 2021 that seeks to make the amount affordable to low-income earners. Initially, informal workers remitted Ksh350 which increased to Ksh500 in a bid to boost the monthly collections – Kenyans.co.ke

2. DP Ruto’s Turkish associate deported

Harun Aydin, the Turkish national who was arrested on Saturday at Wilson Airport after jetting in from Uganda, has been deported. His lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, accompanied by Kapsaret legislator Oscar Sudi, confirmed the development to reporters on Monday. Mr Aydin was expected at Kahawa Law Court in Kiambu to answer to terrorism charges – Nation

3. Murdered Kiambu woman was not pregnant, postmortem reveals

Postmortem results have confirmed that Jonathan Mukundi and his estranged wife Philomena Njeri died by the gun. The results also showed that Njeri was not pregnant, despite earlier claims by her friends that she was. Njeri, 30, was shot four times, twice in the head and twice in other parts of the body, while Mukundi, 42, had one gunshot wound – The Star

4. CBK gets powers to control mobile loan rates

The parliamentary committee on Finance and National Planning approved the Central Bank Amendment Bill 2021 and added a clause that gives the CBK powers to price interest rates for digital loans..

MPs have offered the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) express powers to control lending rates of digital mobile lenders under a proposed law that will see the regulator control their products, management, and sharing of borrower information- Business daily

5. Why matatu fares remain high even after full capacity order

It is relief for matatu operators after full passenger capacity on matatus resumed on Monday, August 9. Matatu operators were, however, adamant that fare prices would remain the same despite the gesture by the government, on the gradual reopening of the economy. The operators are decrying the hiked fuel prices as a deterrent to the directive on lowering fare prices – Kenyans.co.ke

6. Kenyans rush to register political parties ahead of General Election

With less than 365 days to the next polls, there is a rush to register political parties that candidates will use for various elective positions. As at May this year, the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu had registered 73, political parties in Kenya, while those with provisional as of August, 2021, stood at 23 parties – People Daily