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Brave WWE women spark change by speaking out on sexual abuse

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Wrestling stars including WWE and AEW performers have been accused of sexual and physical abuse in a wave of online allegations. The #MeToo movement has helped shine a light on the prevalence of abusive behaviour and misconduct in many different walks of life.

Now an equivalent focused on the wrestling industry, #SpeakingOut, has emerged, sparking what is hoped will be the start of real change.
In an industry focused on physical strength and athletic prowess, you might think all women wrestlers, like their male counterparts, would feel empowered, valued and appreciated, as they are, by fans across the globe. But many clearly have not.
Despite what has been dubbed the ‘Women’s Revolution/Evolution’ in sports entertainment – with female performers gaining more respect and finally being afforded a status on a par with their male peers – the business has been blighted by allegations of sexual abuse similar to those which rocked Hollywood and Westminster in 2017 and 2018, relating to both women and children.
Multiple women have come forward, some of whom decided to name their alleged abusers, while others, such as former Ring of Honor star Kelly Klein who said she was raped, have chosen not to.

Some performers, including independent talent David Starr and Impact Wrestling’s Joey Ryan, issued conciliatory statements in response to a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct and then disappeared from social media. Impact has fired Ryan.

Others such as WWE’s Matt Riddle and El Ligero denied allegations of sexual abuse levied against them, and Jordan Devlin refuted an accusation of physical abuse.
WWE confirmed it had released 205 Live and NXT star Jack Gallagher after he was accused of a sexual assault dating back to 2014, though the company did not give details of the reason for that decision. The British grappler is yet to respond to the allegation.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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