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US official defends messages on voter registration

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Government officials reacted angrily with state media describing them as undiplomatic.

Speaking on the sidelines of a tour of Princess Margaret Clinic and Bambanani New Start Centre in Bulawayo on Friday, Hastings emphasised that voter registration is a key process in the electoral roadmap.

“We feel democracy is important, we feel elections are good, we feel that voter registration is, of course, a key piece to having good elections and thus why we are pleased to see the voter registration underway here and yes we encourage Zimbabweans to take part in voter registration .”

Hastings said despite the Covid-19 global pandemic, many countries have successfully held elections and expressed confidence that Zimbabwe would be able to hence he is confident that the country will also be able to hold elections.

“The constitution of Zimbabwe says there should be by-elections when there are vacancies; I know that under Covid-19 there have to be safety considerations but many countries in the world, including our own, have managed to hold elections safely even during Covid-19 and especially as I said a moment ago that Zimbabwe has done so well with vaccination compared to the rest of Africa and one of the highest vaccination coverage rates in Africa; I am confident that by-elections can be held safely here in Zimbabwe as well,” he said.

On the Covid-19 vaccination drive, Hastings said they were impressed with the way the government has handled the programme.

“We have been very impressed with the process of the Government of Zimbabwe in vaccinating its people against Covid-19, Zimbabwe is one of the countries in Africa that has achieved the highest vaccination coverage; the last time I looked at the numbers it was something around 12 percent of the population here has been vaccinated and the average in Africa is only four percent, so clearly Zimbabwe is doing something very right in that area which is extremely important,” said Hastings.

He said the US Government has provided over US$24 million on Covid-19 specific interventions in Zimbabwe.

“The US Government has provided over US$24 million on Covid-19 specific interventions, helping the country cope with Covid-19, it’s a smaller piece than HIV overall but its an important supplement to help Zimbabwe cope with the pandemic,” the US official said.

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Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid: Vinicius strikes as Real claim 14th European crown

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Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid: Vinicius strikes as Real claim 14th European crown Vinicius Junior scored the decisive aim as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-zero in a behind-schedule Champions League very last in Paris on Saturday. Kick-off changed into driven returned via way of means of greater than half-hour as Liverpool lovers struggled to advantage access…

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83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

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83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

According to a taxpayer perception poll performed by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) for 2021, only approximately 13% of Nigerian taxpayers, particularly those in the informal sector of the economy, are unlikely to evade tax payment in Nigeria.

83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

“A bigger majority of workers in the sector, 83 percent, are inclined to avoid tax payments because they do not feel tax officials have the authority to compel people pay taxes,” according to the survey.

The survey demonstrated the public’s mistrust of the government.

 

According to the research, the informal sector in Nigeria accounts for around 65 percent of employment and a large percentage of the economy’s national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

“Lack of trust in government was fostered by pervasive official corruption, which resulted in widespread poverty and infrastructure deficits.

“The social contract between the government and its citizens, as represented by the quality of public services and the willingness of the public to pay or evade taxes.” The research stated that “a perceived weak social compact between citizens and the government continues to jeopardize the legitimacy of taxes.”

“Lack of trust in government was fostered by pervasive official corruption, which resulted in widespread poverty and an infrastructural deficit.

“The social contract between the government and its citizens, as represented by the quality of public services and the willingness of the public to pay or evade taxes. The research stated that “the legitimacy of taxes is threatened by a perceived weak social compact between citizens and the government.”

Mr Lanre Ajogbasil, senior programme manager, NGF/SFTAS, said weak transparency and accountability by the Federal Government and States internal revenue services; misunderstood tax law(s) and incomplete revenue codes; and multiplicity of taxation system, fees, and levies during a recent workshop organized by the national coordinating office of the Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) for financial journalists in Abuja.

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It’s true: Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

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It's true Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

It’s true? Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

It’s true? Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

It's true: Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

The online entertainment goliath affirmed Monday that the Tesla Chief and the very rich person will gain the organization in an arrangement worth $44 billion.

And when the arrangement is finish, as most would consider normal by this year,

Twitter will turn into a secretly held organization.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy,

and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk tweeted to his 84 million followers.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features,

making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spambots, and authenticating all humans.”
Shares of Twitter rose more than 5% in afternoon trading Monday.

“Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world,

” its CEO Parag Agrawal said in a tweet.

“Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by,

the work that has never been more important.”

Prior Monday, Musk tweeted,

“I trust that even my most terrible pundits stay on Twitter since that free discourse implies.

” The tweet got more than 1.4 million preferences.
Last week, Musk said he had arranged $46.5 billion in support to purchase Twitter,

and had been proceeding to haggle with the organization.

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