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Wanaodaiwa kusafirisha wenye ulemavu, kuwatumia kuomba wafikishwa mahakamani

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Watu 15 akiwemo mfanyabiashara, Sadikiely Meta (71) wamefikishwa katika mahakama ya hakimu mkazi Kisutu wakikabiliwa na mashtaka 41 yakiwemo ya kufanya biashara haramu ya kusafirisha binadamu kinyume cha sheria, kukwepa kodi na kuisababishia Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania (TRA) hasara ya Sh31 milioni.

Meta na wenzake wanadaiwa kusafirisha wenye ulemavu 37, wakiwemo watoto wadogo wenye umri wa miaka saba na 11 kutoka mikoa ya Tabora, Shinyanga na kuwaleta Dar es Salaam na kisha kuwataka waombe fedha mitaani ili wao wajiingizie kipato.

Mbali na Meta washtakiwa wengine ni

Yusuph Mbuani, Joseph Magafu, Emmanuel Salu, Gogad Mayenga, Samson Akunahai, Husein John  na wenzao nane.

Washtakiwa hao wamesomewa mashtaka yao leo Jumatano Januari 13, 2021 na wakili wa Serikali mwandamizi, Mkunde Mshanga akisaidiana na Wankyo Simon mbele ya hakimu mkazi mkuu, Kassian Matembele.

Wakili Mshanga amedai washtakiwa hao wanakabiliwa na kesi ya uhujumu uchumi namba 2/2021.

Katika shtaka la kwanza, Meta na wenzake wanadaiwa kati ya Agosti 2020 na Januari mosi 2021 jijini Dar es Salaam wanadaiwa kuongoza genge la uhalifu uliosababisha biashara haramu ya kusafirisha binadamu.

Shtaka la pili, ambalo ni kufanya biashara haramu ya kusafirisha binadamu, washtakiwa wote wanadaiwa kati ya Agosti 2020 na Januari mosi, 2021 katika eneo la Tandale wilaya ya kinondoni walisafirisha watu wenye ulemavu 37 wakiwemo watoto wadogo wenye umri wa miaka saba na 11.

Washtakiwa hao wanadaiwa kuwasafirisha walemavu hao kutoka mikoa ya Shinyanga na Tabora  na kuwaleta Dar es Salaam na kisha kuwatumikisha katika shughuli ya kuomba barabarani kwa lengo la kujipatia fedha na kwamba kwa kitendo hicho washtakiwa hao walijinufaisha kwa kupata fedha zilizotokana na biashara hiyo ya usafirishaji.

Wakili Simon amedai katika shtaka la kukwepa kodi linalomkabili Meta peke yake, inadaiwa kati ya Agosti 2018 na Januari mosi, 2021 Dar es Salaam, mshtakiwa alishindwa kulipa kodi kwa TRA ya Sh31,328,015.

Pia, Meta anadaiwa kuisababishia TRA hasara ya kiasi hicho pamoja na kutakatisha fedha hizo.

Wakili Simon amedai upelelezi wa kesi hiyo haujakamilika na hivyo kuomba tarehe nyingine kwa ajili ya kutajwa.

Hakimu Matembele baada ya kusikiliza kesi hiyo amesema washtakiwa hawatakiwi kujibu chochote kwa kuwa makosa ya kusafirisha binadamu hayana dhamana.

Baada ya kueleza hayo, aliahirisha kesi hiyo hadi Januari 26, 2021 itakapotajwa na washtakiwa wamerudishwa rumande.

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UN: 43% of Yemen families reduce daily meals due to economic volatility

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43 per cent of Yemeni families have been forced to reduce the number of their daily meals due to the country’s economic fluctuations, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen announced yesterday.

“Economic volatility & conflict means that many in Yemen regularly reduce the frequency or size of their meals or parents eat less so they can feed their children,” the WFP posted on Twitter.

Experts have said in recent months that Yemeni citizens’ purchasing power had declined due to a collapse of the national currency, with more than 900 riyals against the US dollar, reaching its peak last November.

Impoverished Yemen has been mired in a conflict since the Houthis ousted the government from power in the capital city of Sanaa in late 2014. The conflict escalated in March 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened, backing the Yemeni government.

The UN has said that the war has led to the worst humanitarian crisis globally, leaving 80 per cent of the population dependent on humanitarian aid to survive, and more than 100,000 dead.

READ: Biden to review Houthi terrorist designation and curb support for Saudi coalition

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Nothing rushed about special education reopening says Foley

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The Minister for Education has denied there was anything rushed about the botched reopening of special education, as talks with unions continue.

Norma Foley says every effort is being made to ensure children with special educational needs can return to school.

Students with special education needs had been due attend classes in-person once again from today, before talks between the Department of Education and the unions collapsed on Tuesday.

Union representatives said staff were hesitant to return to the classroom with the current high levels of Covid-19 in the community.

Ms Foley accused the unions of being “disingenuous” saying it was regretful they would not accept the public health advice that schools are a safe, controlled environment.

Describing Ireland as an outlier when it comes to students with special educational needs not attending classes in-person, Minister Foley said opposition assertions that the plan was not thought through are wrong.

Referencing the Minister’s comments regarding the talks with teachers’ and special needs assistants’ representatives, Labour’s education spokesperson Aodhan O’Riordain said Ms Foley should not make comments in public if she wants to get a deal.

“Say what you have to say in private with those unions who have also committed to do the same thing and then potentially we may have a road map for achieving what we all want, which is that education can be delivered [to] those who need it most,” said Mr O’Riordain.

Despite the difficulties, Fórsa, which represents special needs assistants, has reaffirmed its commitment to resuming education for students with additional needs, resuming engagement with Department officials this afternoon to “improve safety provision and re-build confidence”.

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