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Sunday, 7 November 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows on getting rid of tuk-tuks and donation boxes at mosques

Last night’s talk shows were a mixed bag, giving us a bit of everything:

First off: The government’s incredibly slow war on tuk-tuks just made another small advance: The Trade Ministry is preparing to issue a decision to stop importing the basic components needed for the local assembly of tuk-tuks — the base, the chassis and engine — according to Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 0:26). This comes following a previous decision to stop importing fully assembled tuk-tuks.

The fight against tuk-tuks has been ongoing for some time now: The government has for years been talking about cracking down on tuk-tuks but is yet to take decisive action. Over the summer, a Finance Ministry official said that the cabinet had decided to open up the scheme to increase the usage of natgas vehicles to tuk-tuk owners, allowing them trade in their vehicles for natgas microbuses. Since then, nothing has been heard.

NEXT UP- The government has banned mosques from receiving cash donations: Donation boxes will be removed from mosques across the country within the next 10 days after the Endowments Ministry announced a ban on cash donations.

Officials have offered a number of reasons for the move: Khaled El Jundi, a member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, claimed in an interview yesterday that donation boxes facilitate corruption and pose a threat to national security (watch, runtime: 3:49). Meanwhile, the head of the Ministry’s Religious Sector Hisham Abdel Aziz told Masaa DMC last night that the move will help reduce the use of cash and improve transparency (watch, runtime: 9:04).

How are people able to donate? Mosques will open their own bank accounts into which people will be required to transfer their donations, ministry undersecretary Ayman Abu Omar told El Hekaya last night (watch, runtime: 9:06). The ministry also has two accounts at the central bank — one for charitable donations and another for the Mosque Building Fund — into which people are able to donate, he said.

But how are people without bank accounts supposed to donate to their local mosques? The ministry hasn’t explicitly said.

Also receiving its fair share of screen time last night: The situation in Ethiopia, where Tigrayan forces are reportedly approaching the capital Addis Ababa. El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 8:14) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 11:19) both covered the story.

Getting up close and personal with the UK’s new ambassador to Cairo, Gareth Bayley: Lamees El Hadidi sat down with the diplomat for a chat that covered everything from climate change and UK investments in Egypt to tourism (watch, runtime: 39:00).

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