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Create a Ugandan Substitute for WhatsApp – Minister Tumwebaze Tells Innovators

ICT and National guidance minister Frank Tumwebaze has challenged young innovators to come up with a local substitute for American social media app, WhatsApp. “I want to challenge the innovators to come up with the "Katunyumye App" for the citizens to communicate with each other,” said Tumwebaze. Katunyumye is a Luganda word

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Minister Tumwebaze Makes U-Turn on Taxing Social Media

ICT and National Guidance Minister Frank Tumwebaze has made a U-Turn and said there is no such a proposal as taxing social media users. The Minister was Tuesday addressing journalists at a Press conference held at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala. There is nothing like social media tax. There is no such

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ICTAU Pokes Holes in Museveni Proposal to Tax Social Media Users

The Information Communications Technology Association of Uganda (ICTAU) has expressed concern over President Museveni’s proposal to levy a tax on social media users in the country saying it would have long-term negative consequences on the economy. Museveni, in a March 12th letter to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Matia

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South Sudan Shuts Down Telecom Operator Vivacell

Authorities in South Sudan have officially shutdown the mobile telecom operator Vivacell after the company reportedly failed to remit taxes worth up to $60 million. The information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the directive follows Vivacell’s failure to fulfill its obligations as required by government. The mobile operator, in a statement issued

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Godfrey-Mutabazi

Full List: UCC Suspends 23 Radio Stations for Promoting Witchcraft

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has directed the closure of 23 radio stations for running witch doctors' adverts. The radio stations are charged with promoting and advertising witchcraft content as well as aiding and abetting electronic fraud. UCC has since suspended the radios' licences and ordered them to cease operations. LIST OF RADIOS WHOSE

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Embrace New-Age Technology to Boost Operations – Microfinance Institutions Urged

Speakers at the International Conference on Responsible and Inclusive Finance (ICRIF) have urged Rwandan microfinance institutions (MFIs) to embrace new-age technology to streamline their operations and to enhance their ability to extend financial inclusion among the country’s unbanked and underbanked population. The conference held on March 21 took place in Kigali,

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MTN Slashes Data Rates; Gives More MBs for Less

MTN Uganda has revised data rates to continue the drive towards ensuring offering affordable internet to Ugandans. The reduction in data is expected to drive further internet connectivity, facilitate business growth and enable communication through internet-based channels. The rate reduction, according to Wim Vanhelleputte the MTN Uganda CEO is an indication

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