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LATRA: Mfumo wa tiketi za kielektroniki haulengi kuumiza yeyote

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Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Udhibiti na Usafiri Ardhini (LATRA), Gilliard Ngewe amesema uamuzi wa mabadiliko ya mfumo wa kawaida wa kukata tiketi hauna lengo ya kuumiza upande wowote

Kukata tiketi kielektroniki kutawezesha Sekta ya Uchukuzi kukua na kuondoa usumbufu ambao umekuwa ukijitokeza kwa wanaosafiri kwani baadhi yao wamekuwa wakikatiwa tiketi zisizo halali

Amefafanua, tiketi ya kawaida inapokatwa, fedha hupita kwa watu wengi na kinachomfikia Msafirishaji ni kidogo, hali inayopelekea wapate hasara na washindwe kulipa Kodi

Mfumo huo unalenga kusaidia kila upande na Serikali ipo tayari kukaa na Wamiliki wa Mabasi ili kuboresha sekta hiyo

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Ireland

GDP likely grew 2.5% in 2020 despite Covid, says Central Bank

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Gross domestic product in Ireland probably grew 2.5 per cent last year despite a series of national Covid-19 lockdowns as a strong multinational sector lifted the economy, the Central Bank forecast on Friday.

The bank’s last forecast, in October, was for an annual contraction of 0.4 per cent. Since then data showed GDP posted annual growth of 8 per cent in the third quarter. Data for the fourth quarter has not yet been released.

“Despite the downturn in global trade, Irish exports are projected to have grown by over 4 per cent last year, with this resilience reflecting the strong growth of exports of pharmaceuticals, computer services and business services,” the Central Bank said in a quarterly economic report.

“As a result, GDP is now estimated to have grown by 2.5 per cent in 2020,” it said.

One in eight of the State’s workforce is employed by foreign multinationals, including many of the world’s largest tech and pharmaceutical companies.

The Central Bank said GDP is set to grow 3.8 per cent this year, a slight increase on October’s forecast of 3.4 per cent, in part due to the British-EU trade deal signed in December and additional spending announced in October’s budget.

If the Government is forced to prolong its Covid-19 containment measures into the second half of the year, GDP will grow by a weaker 1.5 per cent, the bank said.

Domestic demand

Stripping out the impact of the multinational sector, underlying domestic demand likely suffered a sharp contraction of 7.1 per cent in 2020.

It is set to bounce back to grow 2.9 per cent in 2021 and 3.6 per cent in 2022, helped by a large stock of savings built up during the lockdowns, the bank said.

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Ireland records largest ever quarterly GDP drop

The unemployment rate will hit an average of 9.3 per cent this year before falling to 7.8 per cent in 2022.

The Government in October forecast a 2020 GDP contraction of 3.5 per cent. Stockbrokers Davy on Thursday forecast Irish GDP growth of 3.3 per cent in 2020 and 4.8 per cent in 2021.

The Central Bank also warned that Covid could lead to house-price inflation by boosting personal savings and lowering housebuilding.

Around 23,000 fewer homes are likely to be built in 2020-2022, around a quarter of forecast supply, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Central Bank’s director of economics Mark Cassidy told journalists.

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Matatu Operators Protest As KRA Goes After Fares

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  • Matatu owners have protested what they term as unfair tax demand by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) even as the industry suffers from reduced income in collected fares. 

    KRA collects annual taxes from matatus per passenger seat but the matatus argue the arrangement should be adjusted to account for reduced seat capacity that has hit the sector since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    Matatu Owners Association (MOA) Chairman Simon Kimutai argues that the authority has failed to consider the new seating arrangement by the vehicles that has led to a reduced number of passengers per trip.

    He was speaking after he forwarded a memorandum to KRA where he demanded a review of the advanced taxes.

    Matatu owners Association Chairman Simon Kimutai (right) and National Co-ordinator Albert Karagacha arriving at Railways club in Nairobi on April 13,2016.
    Matatu owners Association Chairman Simon Kimutai (right) and National Co-ordinator Albert Karagacha arriving at Railways club in Nairobi.

    “The KRA is still demanding Ksh720 per seat per year or Ksh10,080 for a 14-seater matatu whose capacity has been reduced to nine seats, while 41-seater buses that pay Ksh29,520 per annum have had their capacity reduced to 25 passengers,” he stated.

    Kimutai failed to understand why the government was charging tax per seat yet did not allow the vehicles to carry passengers to full capacity.

    “We did not mind paying taxes, but we wonder why we are being overlooked when other sectors have been given a reprieve,” he added.

    Kimutai explained that a 33-seater bus was carrying a maximum of 17 passengers and still paying Ksh23,760 per annum while 26-seaters which was now limited to 15 passengers, are still paying Ksh18,720 in advanced tax.

    In April, the government directed matatus to carry 60 percent of their capacities to allow social distancing among passengers.

    The industry has been experiencing huge losses as a result of the containment measures that also require them to provide sanitisers for passengers.

    They lamented that other transport sectors like the standard gauge railway and international flights had been allowed to carry to full capacity.

    “We have already attained all the requirements by the government and we wonder why we have not been allowed to operate full capacity like the other sectors,” Lower Eastern Transport Welfare Association chairman Onesmus Kyalo stated in a past interview.

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    Matatus caught up ina traffic snarl-up at Tom Mboya street near Khoja/Old Mutual terminus
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    Nigerians pay high taxes, provide water, electricity, others for themselves – Adesina

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    President of the African Development Bank, AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina, has frowned on the situation where Nigerians do not have basic infrastructure despite paying taxes.

    Adesina spoke on Thursday at the first national tax dialogue organized by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).

    According to him, Nigerians werere among top implicit tax payers in the world. He explained that Implicit taxes are levies that are borne but are neither seen nor recorded.

    Adesina noted that in Nigeria, citizens provide electricity, road, security, water, among others, for themselves.

    “Truth be told, Nigerians pay one of the highest implicit tax rates in the world — way higher than developed countries,” he said.

    “Think of it: they provide electricity for themselves via generators; they repair roads to their neighborhoods, if they can afford to; there are no social security systems; they provide security for their own safety; and they provide boreholes for drinking water with their own monies,” he added.

    AfDB boss further described the borehole system as ridiculous, noting that boreholes are not the way to provide water in the 21st century, insisting that every household should have pipe borne water.

    He lamented that Governments, over time, have simply shifted their responsibility to citizens.

    Nigerians pay high taxes, provide water, electricity, others for themselves – Adesina

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