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Tigrayans Accuse Ethiopian Soldiers Of Rape

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It has been more than a month since the supposed end of the Ethiopia-Tigray clash, but it doesn’t look the end is in sight yet. Tigrayans say their women are being raped by Ethiopian soldiers.

Tigrayans say the Ethiopian forces are committing war crimes, as they’ve failed to leave the region since the technical defeat of the TPLF forces.

The UN has also said fighting is still ongoing in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray with many people in need of aid.

At least 2.2m people have been displaced as as result of the war and many are still being killed in the region.

Reports on Saturday also showed that Ethiopian forces may have attacked some UN properties in moves that may warrant sanctions.

At least 700 young girls are said to have been raped by Ethiopian soldiers with video leaks showing a senior security official castigating younger soldiers for forcefully sleeping with women.

Tigrayans round the world have taken to the streets to protest against what they tag a state-sponsored “genocide”.

Eritrean soldiers have also been accused of lending a hand to Ethiopia in the alleged onslaught on the region for 67 days now.

The conflict started after Tigrayan forces bombed some state-owned properties leading to reprisals by the Ethiopian government.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali announced that offensives be launched against Tigray with Mekelle shut down while internet and communication access were cut off.

Millions were displaced and thousands of people were killed with the international community attempting to wade in. Every attempt was rebuffed by the Ethiopian government who eventually supposedly ended the conflict in the region.

The Tigrayan rebels, led by Debretsion Gebremichael, have had their leaders fleeing while the national government has placed a bounty on their heads.

World figures and organisations continue to call for an end to the crisis in the region.

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Kenya Revenue Authority Report KSh 2Billion Excess in December Revenue Collection

This is the first time since the onset of the Covid19 pandemic that the agency surpassed its revenue collection target.

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The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has reportedly collected KSh166 billion revenue in December 2020, which pointed to excess in revenue collection by KSh 2 billion.

The revenue collection signified 3.5% higher than the KSh160 billion collected in the corresponding period in 2019, according to a statement on KRA’s website.

This is the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic that the agency surpassed its revenue collection target. The government agency attributed the increased revenue collection to enhanced economic conditions since the easing of covid-19 restrictions. Efforts by the agency to increase tax compliance also contributed to improved revenue collection.

KRA’s Customs & Border Control (C&BC) Department collected the highest ever monthly revenue collection of Ksh 60.777 billion in December, representing a 40.9% growth in the revenue collected from the same period in 2019.

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Governments efforts to lower exemptions and remissions also yielded results as the tax exemptions and remissions in the customs department fell by 39.3% in December 2020, thereby boosting revenue collection by KSh3.34 billion.

Domestic Taxes had the best performance rate of 91.1% in December, since the onset of Covid-19 in Kenya in March 2020. KRA says that Pay As You Earn (PAYE) taxes hit 99.8% of the set target while Withholding Tax exceeded the target by Ksh 725 million. Corporate taxes also reached 93.5% of the set target.

The Revenue Authority is optimistic that the recovering economy and efforts to increase tax compliance will boost tax revenue collection in 2021. In addition, the introduction of the digital services tax, minimum alternative tax, and voluntary disclosure program will boost KRA’s revenue collection goals.

 

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Museveni Defeats Bobi Wine To Re-emerge Ugandan President

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Incumbent Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni has been announced as winner of the country’s Presidential election.

The electoral commission of Uganda announced the final results of the election on Saturday, 48 hours after the polls.

Museveni won 5,851,037 votes (58.64%) of the votes to emerge winner of the election. Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) won more than 3 million votes and over 34% of he votes.

It is Museveni’s lowest votes tally in 6 elections and the lowest since he had 59% in 2006 against Kizza Besigye.

The Presidential election was marred with trouble-ridden campaigns with an opposition candidate, Bobi Wine having some of his supporters killed.

Prior to the election, internet was shut down in Uganda while CSOs and NGOs were not allowed to observe.

United States observers were also not granted accreditation.

More than half of the 18m people who registered to vote in Uganda participated in the election.

Bobi Wine has since rejected the results, as he accused Museveni of riggin the election.

Security operatives have since surrounded Bobi Wine’s house, as they failed to allow local and foreign journalists into his premises.

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Seychelles Reopens to Tourists Who Have Received Covid-19 Vaccine

The Minister for Tourism Sylvestre Radegonde told a press conference that added to receiving the vaccine, the traveller must also produce a negative PCR test taken within the prior 72 hours.

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The island country of Seychelles on Thursday re-opened its doors to visitors from anywhere in the world as long as they have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, a top tourism official said.

The Minister for Tourism Sylvestre Radegonde told a press conference that in addition to receiving the vaccine, the traveller must also produce a negative PCR test taken within the prior 72 hours.

Tourists to the island country of Seychelles must provide an authenticate certificate which serves as proof of receiving the vaccination. With all these in order, the visitor will not need to go into quarantine upon arrival.

In the last several months, Seychelles had put restrictions on which country’s tourists were eligible to travel to the island nation because of the surge in COVID cases experienced by many countries.

“We hope that this will open up the tourism industry for the locals, primarily for the small hotels who are struggling on La Digue, Praslin and also on Mahe. And also provide the kick that our economy desperately needs,” Radegonde explained.

Come mid-March, visitors to the islands will only be required to produce a negative PCR test as the country hopes to have vaccinated 70 percent of its local population, achieving herd immunity.

As of Thursday, close to 2,000 vaccinations had been administered in the country since the programme rolled out five days ago.

According to Kathleen Cecile, the head of the National Technical Working Group for COVID-19 vaccination, the programme had a slow start, but by Wednesday 938 people had taken the vaccine, bringing the campaign close to its target of 1,000 doses per day.

“Based on today’s figures we can confirm that one team reached its target of 200 vaccinations per day, and another team exceeded 100 vaccinations by midday today, and we except all the teams to reach the target of 200 vaccination per day as of today,” said Cecile.

To date, there have been no reports of serious adverse side effects of the vaccine on any person, Cecile said.

When the campaign began, there were four vaccination centres on the main island of Mahe, namely at the Yellow and Green Roof at the Seychelles Hospital, the ICCS and Anse Royale.

The fifth team of health professionals was covering the islands of Praslin and La Digue. However, since Sunday, the country’s health ministry revised its deployment plan to include more vaccination centres.

“We want to ensure that we remain on track of our March target of 70 percent coverage to achieve herd immunity, so we are now stepping up the campaign”, explained Cecile.

The new centers for vaccination have been set up in five workplaces which were already operating a daily clinic for their staff and which fall under the group of essential workers. This includes the military, the civil aviation, and the Indian Ocean tuna canning factory.

The Sinopharm vaccine is being given to persons within the ages of 18-year-olds up to 60-year-olds in the island nation. 50,000 doses of the vaccines were donated by the United Arab Emirates government which will cover 25,000 individuals in Seychelles.

According to Florida Bijoux, the manager for Extended Programme for Immunization, the first doses can be administered within two weeks.

“We have managed to organise nine teams, with a target of 200 vaccines per day, meaning 1,800 vaccines per day. If we get the other vaccines needed for the remainder of the campaign, in the coming weeks, we can easily vaccinate 44,000 people within a month,” she said.

People working in the tourism industry will also make up part of the list of essential workers wo will receive the vaccines.

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