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1. Skyward Express plane crash-lands in Mandera

A Skyward Express plane crash-landed on Wednesday, July 21. According to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority boss Gilbert Kibe, everyone onboard “is safe” after the incident, which happened in Boru Hache near the Kenya-Somalia border – Nation.Africa

2. Kenya withholds vote for US global tax deal

Kenya has withheld backing for US President Joe Biden administration’s push for a global minimum rate of tax on multinational companies.

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which hosted the talks on the overhaul of taxation rules, revealed that Kenya was missing from the list of 132 countries that have backed the agreement.

Kenya is said to be especially uncomfortable with clauses in the agreement that will force it to drop the digital services tax of 1.5 percent of sales by US tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.

All of the Group of 20 major economies, including China and India have backed the US-driven global minimum tax on multinational corporations. Kenya, Nigeria and Algeria are among the top African economies that have yet to back the deal – Business Daily.

3. Matatu protest paralyse transport in Machakos

Transport to and from Machakos town was on Wednesday morning paralysed after matatu owners withdrew their vehicles from the roads.

The chairman of Machakos Matatu Owners Association Onesmas Kyalo told the Nation that they are protesting the invasion of their routes by matatus from Nairobi and Kiambu counties – Nation.

4. Siaya tanker tragedy death toll hits 17

The death toll from the Siaya fuel tanker tragedy rose to 17 as identification of 13 bodies that were burnt beyond recognition began on Tuesday.

Grief-stricken families trooped to Yala sub-county hospital, where a multi-agency team from Nairobi and Kisumu converged to take DNA samples from family members and the remains of the dead.

The tragedy occurred when a fuel tanker collided with a lorry transporting milk at Malanga market, Gem Constituency, and burst into flames on Saturday.

Siaya County Referral Hospital medical superintendent Liech Adoyo confirmed that a pregnant woman who had sustained severe burns in the inferno was one of the two who died yesterday – Nation.

5. LSK CEO moves to court to block her replacement

Law Society of Kenya CEO Mercy Wambua has sued Nelson Havi for what she described as contempt of court as interviews to find her replacement begin on Wednesday, July 21.

The CEO argued that her contract was to end in February 2022 and replacement plans violate her rights.

Wambua insisted that she was ready to fight for her position and that she had sued Havi for defying a court order issued in 2020 barring the LSK President for instituting leadership changes.

Her move to court comes just after LSK announced its plans to interview the two shortlisted candidates, Mutua Ngumbau and Mutunga Mutisya, at 10.20 am and 11.20 am respectively at its headquarters on Gitanga Road – Kenyans.co.ke.