KRA shocker: The Kenya Revenue Authority, the organization which has re-written our donor relationship, championed responsibility/awareness of tax paying among citizens, spurred parastatals to start paying dividends back to the government (instead of draining it) and enable the fixing of the economy – is not profitable!
Year end results (June 2006) show the tax collector with income of 4.8 billion and expenditure of 6.0 billion – meaning a deficit of 1.2 billion and that compares to 2005 when they just about broke even with 5.1 billion of both income and expenditure. They also don’t have the title-deed to their headquarters – Times Tower worth 2.5 billion that is still in the name of Central Bank (for whom the tower was built).
Stanbic CFC merger approved: The Finance Minister has approved the merger between Stanbic and CFC paving the creation of the country’s 4th largest bank (see bank rankings and an earlier comparison of the parties)
The combined, but yet to be named, bank will have assets of over 55 billion shillings ($800 million), deposits of 43 billion, loans of 30 billion and a pre tax profit as at June 2007 of 934 million ($14 million)
Capital markets authority (CMA) approval should be a formality, as they have already been assured that the new bank will remain listed on the NSE.
MP behaving badly: A high-flying MP has grabbed i.e. taken over and fenced the parking lot of a popular Nairobi Sports Pub which he frequents the place – even as he is trying to extract an exorbitant rent from the pub for use of the yard.