This tax must fall

Ugandans are angry that the government has followed through with its threat to tax them for using social media, which the president, Yoweri Museveni, has on several occasions derided as a good for nothing rumor mill. Now they cannot, literally, puff curls of smoke that look like glistening halo emojis…

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This is how MTN abuses its power in Uganda

The story begins in 2003, when a fledgling ICT services company, Digital Solutions, approaches MTN for a potential partnership for Me2U, a peer-to-peer airtime sharing application. After a protracted period of correspondence, the pioneer company is finally invited to demo the product and deploy it on the telco’s network…

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Making the taxman in Afrika dance Azonto

In Afrika, some things like death, taxes, and traffic gridlocks are certain. Heavy traffic gridlocks are more of a recent phenomenon like the mobile phone. However, these gridlocks can also be viewed as an opportunity to pause and observe the informal sector in motion - the growth engine supercharging livelihoods…

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Winter Is Coming For Afrika's Telecommunications Companies

Gone are the days when telecommunications companies were intransigent in Afrika. They were monopolies whose services could only be afforded by spendthrift government officials and the rich citizenry prospering in the private sector. Now they look across their server farms, telecommunications towers, switchboards and dashboards and all they see are…

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