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Akothee Lectures Diamond’s Latest Baby Mama

Photo: Diamond Platinumz/Instagram

Diamond and Zari.

By Naira Habib

Singer Akothee has lectured Tanzanian model Hamisa Mobetto for publicly revealing pictures and videos of her intimate moments with singer Diamond Platinumz, terming it as foolish

In a lengthy Facebook post the singer accused Hamisa of having malicious intentions of hurting Diamond’s family.

“But why would I take photos of someone I have just stolen for a sex moment if am not a malicious person, I think I can forgive my baby if he is caught in this scenario, why are girls not intelligent,” Akothee wrote.

Akothee also schooled the Tanzanian model on why she should have maintained her silence while eating her piece of the pie.

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“If you succeeded & amp; convinced him to bed, then trust me, you can still manipulate his finances without interfering with his family if you have some brains, so you be his Panadol when his main chick is on fire, mbona hamjui kula na vipofu nyie, mbona mashot cut za kijinga ?” she posed.

The Uko Moyoni hit maker also offered her free advice to such kind of women to think beyond only satisfying a man in the bedroom, for that does not last forever.

Game yenu iko chini kama kiatu , a man won’t be horny forever, and sex won’t keep a man, its beyond bed haloooo. Goodnight take evidence of sex, who doesn’t know what happens when opposite sex are in bed? What are you keeping evidence for? How is hurting his family satisfying your malicious behavior, it shows clearly you don’t even love or want this man , you want this family broken and that’s your mission.”

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URA Moves to Push Govt Agencies Account to Public

By Ali Twaha

The case of not letting taxpayers have a direct dialogue with government agencies and ministries on how institutions manage and spend public funds is partly to blame for the low domestic tax revenues, according to the officials from the Uganda Revenue Authority.

URA has organized its 12th edition of the Taxpayers’ Appreciation Week which is scheduled to take place from September 27 to 29 at Kololo ceremonial grounds in Kampala.

The free-entry event to all, will bring together top government officials to explain to the general public how they spend public resources and plans to push the country to the middle-income status among other topical issues in the country.

“There is hunger and thirst for information among Ugandans,” Vincent Seruma, the URA assistant commissioner for public and corporate affairs, told journalists during a press conference.

Recently, economists and officials from the National Development Authority expressed worry that failure by government agencies and respective ministries to absorb funds allocated, and channel them to the planned projects could see more Ugandans remain in poverty.

As such, URA says, there is need to build public dialogue with taxpayers, an idea the tax body believes will help maximize public involvement in the decision-making process, and also give agencies and ministries an opportunity to get feedback on several government programmes.

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At the event, some government ministries and agencies have agreed to offer Ugandans a range of free services which include, among others, legal aid services, birth and death certificate registration, yellow fever vaccination, cancer and sickle cell screening, verification of land titles and motor vehicle inquiry services.

There are many sectors earmarked for the event including; Education, Health, Trade, Water, Security, Transport, Financial and Revenue Administration.

These government institutions will exhibit their services, projects and initiatives that they handle in their respective ministries and sectors. The private sector, the SMEs and implementing partners will also exhibit at no cost upon registering with URA.

Every year, URA recognizes outstanding taxpayers through its taxpayer appreciation day. The event has over the years focused on small segment of taxpayers.

However, in a bid to shift the domestic focus to domestic revenue mobilization and increase visibility of the impact of revenue spent on delivering public service, URA has reviewed the structure of the taxpayers’ appreciation day.

“The event has now been reset to recognize the contribution of small and medium enterprises, increase community involvement and also link public accountability to tax compliance,” URA says.

President Museveni is expected as the chief guest at the event. The major goal of the taxpayer appreciation week is to enhance public accountability as a driver of tax compliance.

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In Africa, a cross-cutting reason for non-compliance to paying tax is as much of the ignorance as avoidance.

Last month, URA hosted a two-day workshop at Serena hotel in Kigo where officials from the African Tax Administration

Forum (ATAF), an organization that seeks to improve tax administration in African countries, offered it some strategies.

Part of ATAF recommendation to URA was to educate taxpayers and raise awareness through schemes such as tax clinics, seminars, workshops, talk shows and propose tax administration services to its citizens.

With high compliance levels, internally mobilized domestic taxes will improve, according to ATAF. Currently, URA faces an uphill task of meeting its Shs 15 trillion set target for financial year 2017/2018.

The target is higher than Shs 13.2 trillion for the previous year where the revenue body only managed to record a 13 per cent growth in revenue but with almost half a trillion registred as shortfall.

Dar Strives to Reduce Survey Fee

By Bernard Lugongo

LAND owners will soon enjoy affordable surveying services by private companies, thanks to the government initiative to create competitive environment among service providers.

According to acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development Moses Kusiluka, the ministry is registering as many private surveyors as possible to boost competition.

This comes amid public outcries over exorbitant charges that the private surveyors demand. “Surveying are basic services… actually the free market plays its role here and we, in the government, encourage the participation of private sector,” Dr Kusiluka argued during an interview with the ‘Daily News’ in Dar es Salaam over the weekend. He said the ministry could also offer information to land owners wishing to know the companies that charge high fees and those with low prices.

“If you come to us, we can tell you the companies that charge exorbitantly and those with low prices because we register them and have their details,” said Dr Kusiluka when responding to an inquiry on whether the government has any plan to regulate prices for the services by private surveyors.

He clarified that private surveyors, like other professionals — lawyers or doctors — charge different prices depending on the market forces, insisting that the ministry is promoting private companies whom it must work with.

“If we have to move fast, we need to work together with private sector, and there are many people who prefer using the services offered by private companies,” said Dr Kusiluka, advising people who cannot afford the private company services to opt for the municipalities or the ministry provided services. He said the ministry does not regulate charges by the private surveyors.

He however pointed out that the ministry issued the guidelines last year for surveyors of lands earmarked for big projects. The guidelines were introduced following mounting complaints over some deceitful surveyors, with unfairly high charges.

The government has from this fiscal year reduced the premium levy on land survey and issuance of title deed service by 67 per cent.

Paid once at the issuance of title deed and predicated on the country’s 1999 land law, the reductions come as an ‘olive branch’ to avert spontaneous settlements just as the nation gears up for massive investments in real estate at the new capital in Dodoma.

Previously, the fee was pegged at 7.5 per cent of the total value of the land but the charges have dropped a paltry 2.5 per cent.

The ministry has described the reduction as “a significant move to enable many Tanzanians access to formal land ownership and plots for building decent houses.”

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Super Petrol Up By Sh2.22 in September Fuel Review

By Kennedy Kangethe

Nairobi — The Energy Regulatory Commission has revised upwards the maximum cost of fuel drivers will pay at the pump.

Super petrol has increased by Sh2.22 while diesel has gone up by Sh1.00 and kerosene by Sh0.94 per litre.

ERC says the move follows an increase in the landed cost of imported fuel.

Landing costs of imported petrol increased by August 7.48 percent while costs of imported diesel and kerosene went up by 1.48 percent and 0.72 percent respectively.

Starting midnight September 14, motorists in Nairobi will buy super Petrol at Sh98.30 per litre, diesel at Sh86.86 per litre and Sh64.36 per litre while in Mombasa, a litre of Super petrol will be sold at Sh95.08, diesel Sh83.63 and Kerosene Sh61.63 for the next one month.

In Nakuru, motorists will pay Sh99.04 for Super Petrol, Sh87.79 for diesel and Sh65.23 for kerosene per litre while Kisumu motorists, on the other hand, will part with Sh100.29 per litre for super petrol, Sh89.04 for diesel and Sh66.30 for kerosene.

Residents in Eldoret will part with Sh100.22 per litre of Super Petrol, Sh88.98 for diesel and Sh66.31 for kerosene.

“The free on board price of Murban crude oil lifted in August 2017was posted at US$51.60 per barrel an increase of 6.17 percent from US$48.60 per barrel in July 2017,” ERC says.

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South Africa: 14-Year-Old Among Three Dead in Free State Car Accident

Three people have died and five others sustained injuries in a head-on collision on the R57 near Sasolburg in the Free State on Saturday afternoon.

ER24 spokesperson Annine Siddall said paramedics arrived on scene and found the drivers of both cars still trapped inside the vehicles.

Two women and a 14-year-old had already succumbed to their injuries and were declared dead on the scene.

“Among the five others injured was a baby believed to be 14-year-old. The baby sustained minor injuries and was transported to Mediclinic Emfuleni for further medical care,” said Siddall in a statement.

“Two people who were in a critical condition were airlifted to nearby hospitals by the ER24 and One Plan Medical helicopters.”

The other injured were also transported to nearby hospitals.

In a separate incident on Saturday, a woman, believed to be in her 50s, was left in a critical condition after she was knocked down by a car in Silversands suburb of Cape Town.

“ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the woman lying in the intersection,” said Siddall.

“She sustained a serious injury to her head and was transported to Tygerberg Hospital to receive further medical care.”

In Brackenfell, also in Cape Town, one person was killed and seven others sustained minor to severe injuries after a driver of a taxi lost control of the vehicle during the early hours of this morning.

ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene and found all passengers trapped inside the taxi.

“Fire and rescue personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to remove all the patients from the taxi before they were transported to various nearby hospitals,” said Siddall.

In Durban, Care Paramedics were called to the corner of Rick Turner Road and Manning Road in Glenwood on Saturday morning after two vehicles had collided in a rear end collision.

“One person had sustained minor injuries and was stabilised on the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital for the further care that they required,” said Operations Director Garrith Jamieson.

Source: News24

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Cancer Scare As Thousands Attend Health Screening Camp

By John Namkwahe

Dar es Salaam — Cancer has been cited as one of the most diagnosed diseases on Wednesday during the free health screening camp that attracted thousands of city residents.

The residents, mostly the elderly and women, started arriving at the Mnazi Mmoja grounds since erly in the morning to ensure they secure the chance to go through the screening. But one health expert who was involved in the diagnosis expressed his shock at the high number of people found to have symptoms of cervical and breast cancer among the women he examined.

“A good number of the women I diagnosed were found to have symptoms of cervical and breast cancers,” Dr Harrison Chuwa, a Consultant Oncologist from the Aga Khan Hospital, said.

He added; “What I have learnt from this screening session is that, there are so many people living with cancers that they are not aware of. I, therefore, encourage more and more people to undergo health check ups to determine their conditions,” he said.

There were three tents for cancer screening one being for cervical, and the two others for breast and prostate cancers.

There were also tents for screening heart diseases, diabetes and kidney complications. There were also a blood donating tent.

There were also counselling services being offered. Ambulances were also in place for those whose situation could become critical.

The high turn out sign of public health crisis?

Some of the residents who attended described the high turnout as a reflection of the healthcare crisis in the country.

Ms Rukia Shabani, 46, a resident of Mbagala in the city said she rushed for the free screening because hospitals were expensive.

“I’m pleased to have the chance to undergo the medical check up, free of charge. When you go to hospitals, even public facilities, screening is very expensive, only a few can afford it,” she said.

For his part, Mr Thomas Dionis, 50, a resident of Ubungo External said, “I encourage more and more people to use these opportunities to check their health status.”

Mr Ali Kuzwa, a resident of Sinza also turned out at Mnazi Mmoja for screening of eye problems, high blood pressure, prostate cancer and diabetes. He had been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer at a clinic.

The diagnosis, he said, was confirmed at Mwananyamala Regional Hospital where he was given a referral to the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH). The diagnosis at MNH indicated that he did not have cancer but was told to attend screening every six months.

“That is why I have come here for this screening. Fortunately, I have been told I’m cancer free. People should not be satisfied with just one check up. They should make several and if possible they must go to different health facilities,” Mr Kuzwa said.

The screening camp was organised by Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda, who brought together doctors from both public and private health institutions including MNH, Regency Hospital and Aga Khan Hospital.

The doctors offered free consultations, basic health checks on various communicable and non-communicable diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension, amongst other diseases.

Mr Makonda said the free health screening camp will be conducted for at least five days until September 10 to enable residents check their health status.

“As it is advised by our doctors, it is very important to under medical screening regularly. The initiative is part of the government’s commitment to ensure its people are healthy and to participate in development activities,” he said.

Angola: Police Thanks for Clinica Anjo DA Guarda Support to Accidents Victims

Luanda — Luanda’s command of the National Police is grateful for the free medical support that Clinica Anjo da Guarda has given to citizens who are victims of traffic accidents on Avenida Fidel de Castro in Luanda.

The head of the Institutional and Press Office of the provincial delegation of the Ministry of Interior in Luanda intendant, Mateus Rodrigues, said that the work done has allowed the rescue of human victims, noting that “the clinic has given great support without charging any money in a great work of humanization with love of next. “

According to him, 78 people, victims of a road accident on Avenida Comandante Fidel Castro, were rescued in the first seven months of the current year by physicians and other professionals of above mentioned institution, but there were no deaths among those rescued.

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South Africa: Boshof Residents Brave Cold for DTT Registration

Hundreds of community members in Boshof, west of Bloemfontein in the Free State, braved the cold weather this week to attend the broadcasting digital migration information session that was held in the area.

Among many community members, who were in attendance, were television viewing households members, who are currently on pay TV platforms, but still met the requirements for government’s subsidised set-top- boxes (STBs).

Thabo Mofokeng is one of the many, who subscribed to one of the pay television platforms, but has since fallen back on the monthly instalments. “The high cost of living has constantly put us on the back foot. Subscribing for pay television is a luxury that I cannot afford. I am here to find out if I will be able to qualify for government subsidised decoders,” said Mofokeng.

The broadcasting digital migration policy states that any South African household with a combined income of R3 200 or less qualify for a 100% subsidised set-top-box or decoder. Government has made significant progress in registering indigent households to receive free set-top-boxes for digital terrestrial television.

Broadcasting Digital Migration officials from the Department of Communications are currently visiting municipalities in the district Lejweleputswa in the Free State to drive the public awareness and encourage registration for the STBs.

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has since moved to set up a meeting of key stakeholders in the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) migration process consisting of broadcasters and mobile operators. The move is aimed at accelerating the implementation of the project.

“I have full appreciation of the impact that the Digital Migration project is set to have in the economy of this country. The primary aim of digital migration is to release valuable spectrum which will be used to provide new services such as wireless and other broadband services.

“Furthermore, moving from analogue to digital will allow the digital dividend spectrum to be released to enable the development of more television and other services for consumers. Digital terrestrial television signals are also expected to reach people who live in areas that cannot currently receive them because of spectrum limitations,” said Minister Dlodlo.

In 2014, the Department of Communications commissioned a study on the use of the 2nd Digital Dividend – the spectrum in the 700 MHz Band that will become available for alternative uses – following the analogue-to-digital television switch-over. The report found that the overall value of 700MHz spectrum would be in the region of R3.5 billion, over the 2015-2026 period.

Minister Dlodlo has in various platforms reiterated her commitment to see all South Africans migrating from analogue to digital television within the prescribed period.

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Kenya: Maternity Fee Waiver is Great – But There Are Still Gaps in the Policy

analysisBy Estelle Monique Sidze

About 21 pregnant women die every day in Kenya due to complications from childbirth. That’s equivalent to two 10-seater commuter micro minibuses, known as matatus, crashing every day with the loss of all the passengers on board.

Pregnant women in Kenya die because they either do not receive appropriate care during pregnancy or are unable to deliver with the help of skilled health attendants.

The World Health Organisation recommends four antenatal visits and skilled care during and immediately after delivery. It also recommends emergency obstetric care in cases of complications as key to reducing maternal and neonatal deaths.

But the costs for antenatal care and skilled delivery are simply too high for many poor women in Kenya. Based on data collected before the maternity subsidy policy was introduced the costs associated with a normal pregnancy and delivery was more than 20% of the country’s gross national income of USD$1,380 per capita.

The intention of the maternity fee waiver, implemented in 2013, was to remove out-of-pocket fees for skilled delivery in public health facilities across the country. This would enable thousands of pregnant women delivering at home to access proper services. The direct payments for normal and c-section deliveries was replaced by a national government budgetary allocation to reimburse health facilities for deliveries provided.

The effect of the new policy was immediate. There was a 22% increase in skilled deliveries in facilities between 2013 and 2015.

What the policy hasn’t done is address the entrenched inequity between rich and poor women. In fact, women who are better off have benefited more than those with a low income. A national survey carried out a year after implementation showed that the use of skilled delivery services was about three times higher among the richest 20% of women as compared to the poorest 20% of women.

An added problem is that poor women in both urban and rural areas were still delivering their babies in private facilities. To close the gap, there must be a concerted effort to target free services at the poorest women who cannot otherwise afford care. In addition, proposed changes to expand the free service offering to some private health facilities need to be implemented urgently.

Public versus private

National survey data from 2014 shows that the proportion of the poorest women in urban settings who delivered at public health facilities had declined from 95% to 87% between 2008-09 and 2014. This suggests that more urban poor women sought and paid for services in the private sector despite the availability of free services in the public sector. Similarly, about 11% of the poorest rural women delivered at private facilities in 2014.

The reasons for this could be due to a deficit of public health facilities nearby, a lack of trust in the public health system, and shorter waiting times in private health facilities.

Changes are under way to expand the programme even further. Next year the maternity fee waiver will be implemented through the National Hospital Insurance Fund, a state-run fund established in 1966 to provide affordable and equitable social health insurance to all Kenyans. This will extend availability of free services beyond public facilities to include select low-cost private and faith-based health facilities.

The changes planned for next year also include an enhanced maternity package that goes beyond one-time labour and delivery. It will include antenatal care, postnatal care, deliveries, family planning and any hospitalisations arising from pregnancy related complications. The programme is currently being piloted under an initiative called Linda Mama, which means “protect the mother” in Kiswahili.

The additions to the policy will go a long way in expanding the choice of health facilities. This is especially the case in settings with limited number of public health facilities. Working with the National Hospital Insurance Fund will also benefit from well-established mechanisms for monitoring quality of care.

But there are additional measures that the government needs to take to promote universal and equitable access to maternal health services.

Closing the equity gap

Kenya has committed itself to leave no pregnant woman behind. Realising this commitment requires identifying areas of inequality, understanding the drivers of the inequalities, and monitoring the progress made at reducing them.

As the programme is expanded and placed under the National Hospital Insurance Fund, the government should take into consideration three important issues.

The first is increased awareness. A national campaign should be carried to ensure that more pregnant women, especially those in remote communities, register with the National Hospital Insurance Fund to access free services.

The second is robust monitoring and evaluation system as part of the national strategic plan. This will help in assessing improvements in coverage of services. This in turn will help uncover and target inequalities so that the most disadvantaged women have the same access to quality maternity care as the richest women.

The third is to implement additional non-health health interventions to encourage the poorest women to demand and access services. Multi-layered barriers combine and reinforce each other to undermine utilisation of maternal health services.

These include demand side barriers such as formal and informal fees, transportation costs and opportunity cost as well as education and health information. Supply side barriers include quality of care.

All these factors should be carefully considered to achieve real progress in utilisation of services among the poorest women.

Disclosure statement

Estelle Monique Sidze does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

Tanzania to Grant Citizenship to Burundians

By Beatrice Materu

Tanzania has said it will offer citizenship to more Burundi refugees who have been in the country for more than 45 years.

Tanzania has already naturalised more than 162,000 Burundian refugees who fled their country in 1972.

Two weeks ago, the UNHCR held talks with the Tanzanian government and agreed that Burundian refugees should return home voluntarily, and that those who had stayed in the country for more than 45 years could be granted citizenship.

Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba and UNHCR assistant high commissioner for protection Volker Türk committed to the voluntary return by refugees by the end of August.

“The government of Tanzania in collaboration with UNHCR is in the final stages of the naturalisation process for the 1972 Burundi refugees,” said UNHRC spokesperson Teresa Ongaro in a statement to The EastAfrican.

According to the latest statistics from the UNHCR, Tanzania hosts the most Burundian refugees in the region, at 243,565 Burundians and asylum seekers.

Last month, Tanzania President John Magufuli appealed for Burundi refugees to voluntarily return home.

“I urge our good neighbours, Burundi refugees, to start thinking of going back home voluntarily and rebuild their country’s economy. That would in turn foster good relations between our two countries,” said President Magufuli after holding talks with Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza in Ngara District in Kagera region.

Consequently, more than 5,000 Burundian refugees stationed in different camps in Kigoma said they were willing to return home: 150,000 refugees have already returned.

“Just as everyone has a right to flee, everyone has a right to return. It’s however essential that it is their free choice to return and that they understand clearly the situation in the place they return to,” Mr Turk said.

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