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01 February 19

Kenyans should support the KRA’s move to broaden tax compliance

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has ambitious plans for the next three financial years: the taxman is aiming to almost double the number of taxpayers to seven million, both by encouraging taxpayers to pay their fair share, blocking delinquent taxpayers
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04 January 19

South Sudan’s rape crisis is shockingly unremarkable

According to new figures from the United Nations, over 1,100 people have suffered sexual violence in South Sudan this year, the highest figure since 2015. Pramila Patten, the UN’s senior-most expert, says rape and abuse is being used by both government
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16 November 18

Tightening up the Ugandan tax net key to boosting public health

In a very encouraging sign for public health, the Ugandan government has announced that the revenue gleaned from taxes on alcohol and soft drinks will be channeled into a fund to provide lifesaving HIV treatment. Unfortunately, making sure that the
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19 October 18

For the Horn of Africa, peace is the easy bit

For two decades, the Horn of Africa has been one of the most hostile corners of the world, its jagged topography reflected in the bitterness of its political relations. Yet the region has become a hive of diplomatic activity over
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05 October 18

The forgotten victims of South Sudan

It is surely one of humanity’s greatest shames that in times of war, it is women who are made to bear the deepest scars of conflict – and habitually denied avenues for redress in times of peace. Reports of rampant
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20 June 18

Big Tobacco’s big deception

South Africa’s Revenue Service (SARS) is boosting the reach of its investigative units as it raises the stakes in the fight against the country’s illegal tobacco trade, according to a recent announcement by Acting Commissioner Mark Kingon. The SARS initiative
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23 May 18

A tale of two ports: Somaliland challenges Djibouti

Djibouti may not quite be the “Singapore of Africa” yet, but the Horn of Africa’s smallest country still plays an oversized role in global affairs by providing valuable real estate to foreign militaries and positioning itself as a crucial waypoint
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19 April 18

Ugandan constitutional coup: a regrettable sign of the times

The coming weeks could represent a make-or-break moment for Uganda’s long-suffering political opposition – and for the political integrity of Africa as a whole. The country’s court is due to review a legal challenge to a recent amendment of the
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16 March 18

Kenya’s High Court hands check to Big Sugar

A judge from Kenya’s High Court has quashed an imposition of excise duty on bottled water, fruit juices, energy drinks, sodas and cosmetic products, claiming the tax as unconstitutional. The ruling has been interpreted by some as a win for
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02 February 18

South Kivu: the world’s next forgotten conflict?

Over the course of just three days last month, 6,000 Congolese took flight across Lake Tanganyika into Burundi. The refugees are fleeing intense fighting in South Kivu, where violence between government forces and rebel militias has left the Eastern province
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