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Communique of the IGAD Council of Ministers on the Consultative Meeting of the Parties to the R-ACRSS (21.08.2019)

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Uganda: Press Statement- Government Position on the Electoral Law Reforms (30.07.2019)

OTT Tax: Totally failed its supposed revenue targets in 2018!

Today, the Uganda Communication Commission released their annual sector performance report of July 2019. It was really a bit funny look, as the state, the President and all of his handlers said the Over-The-Top Services would create a tax-base and revenue, which would benefit the state. That is why Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) had set up targets to streamline these new taxes.

I will show more of the fun and explain, as the UCC report really shows how malfunction and lack of due diligence hurt. But first a previous calculation, which was stated to the media. To show how much lack of tax-base the OTT had in 2018, as it was implemented in July and keeps pushing to this date.

Look:

Daily Monitor Reports: “Government collected Shs20.5b from social media in the last quarter ended September, according to data obtained from Uganda Revenue Authority. The tax, which was implemented in July, was however, less than the Shs24.9b target that URA had hoped to collect in the period. URA has a monthly target of Shs8.3b. The tax was introduced in the Excise Duty amendments of financial year 2018/19 requiring all social media users to pay Shs200 per day, before accessing certain platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter, among others. Government intends to collect about Shs100b before the end of the 2018/19 financial year” (Christine Kasemiire – ‘OTT raises Shs20b in first quarter, URA fails on targets’ 07.11.2018).

Let’s first do the math, accordingly, as the URA monthly target is 8,3bn shillings in revenue, every single month. A quarter of a Financial Year is 4 months. In today’s UCC report, it shows the numbers for the Q3 and Q4 of 2018. Which means, that states revenue from July-September and October-December in the previous years. By these standards its 8,3bn X3 to get the supposed of any given Q. That is 24,9bn shillings is estimated to earn per quarter.

However, the UCC report states that in the Q3, the revenue was 12,696,558,400 or 12,6bn shillings which is only about half of the anticipated revenue. The final quarter or Q4 isn’t much better:12,952,833,800 or 12,9bn shillings. Of the estimated earnings, the state is nearly able to gain about half of its target. The market and the consumers are not contributing or using the phones as much as they thought. What is striking if you combine the two quarters of revenue is that the state earned approximately 25,5bn shillings, which is sadly just above one quarter estimate of the URA in supposed revenue on this tax. The estimated earnings of the period would be about 49,8bn and this shows the state managed a deficit of about 24,3bn shillings. That is about on quarters earning not happening at all. Thats a giant shortfall of cash and the URA/UCC needs to explain the Ministry of Finance this one, because this a major loss of promised funding for the state.  

This shows how failed this tax is and what a waste of enforcement and making the tax in its first place. This isn’t fun and games, but a way of misusing power to tax people, just because you find something obnoxious. That is how it seems, since the President want to stop the gossip online and such. Stop spreading of information and ensure that poorest cannot afford to get online and use the OTT services. Because, that what this tax does. Peace.

Joint Press Release: Weekly Travel Advisory on Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda (25.07.2019)

Uganda Police Force: Security Forces Arrests Suspect on Offensive Communication (12.07.2019)

Communique Final – Sommet Quandripartite Entre les Chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement des Republiques d’Angola, Democratique du Congo, d’Ouganda et du Rwanda, Luanda le 12 Juilet 2019 (12.07.2019)

RSA: EFF Rejects the Ramaphosa Cabinet (29.05.2019)

Tanzania: Notice to Travelers Planning to Visit Tanzania (16.05.2019)

Opinion: Museveni knows his overstaying, but he doesn’t care!

Ours is not a mere change of guards but a fundamental change. The problem of Africa in general and Uganda in particular is not people, but leaders who want to overstay in power which breeds impunity, corruption and promotes patronage….For us in NRM/A, we shall be here for only four years, after which we shall hand over power to a free and fairly elected civilian government” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 26th January 1986

This weekend he defended himself again, therefore, we just have to prove what he said in his inauguration in 1986. As the words can now be said about himself. His is part of the problem in Africa. Yet another leader that overstays, which breeds impunity, corruption and promotes patronage. This is something President Museveni does on a grand scale in 2019. The words said for over 33 years could been said about him. It is like he has gone through all the stages and become the enemy of his own words. Which is showing his indifference and his lack of care.

The people who is busy defending him now, is busy eating and dodging the bullets. As they are eating and not in trouble, not having lack of funds and are secured, as they are part of the overgrowing patronage of the state. The people who are leeching of the state and the ones that the President needs support from. This is why, his defends of his actions to stay longer. Is an issue, that he has to defend. As the President knows the reality, that his advanced age and cannot even stand as a surety for someone, his to old if we have learned the codes from Bobi Wine’s latest trial.

Alas, this is what he said during the recent days:

Those people who talk about term limits and that a 75-year-old cannot lead a country is a lie. Those are just stupid ideas. The Banyankore have a proverb that when you have food, you sound a small drum, but if you sound alarm for war, you make it big so that more people can come and join. So, people think leadership in Africa is like food. I have seen that leadership in Africa is like a struggle, it is like war” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 11th May 2019 in Koboko

Certainly, the words of him taking power is stupid ideas now, as they have to be deflected, because if these was ideals and words the President meant. He wouldn’t have abolished the term limits and the age limit. However, he don’t care about a principal, when it concerns him. Everyone else has to follow it or be law abiding citizens, but he can changes laws to fit his life. That is the sort of President he is.

We can easily see, that the man of 1986 would kill the one of 2019. He would have used Luwero methods on himself and gotten some of his NRA general to assassinate him. That is just a mere fact.

We can shed tears or we can move along like its nothing… If not, we can support defiance and wish of the ideology of the words of 1986, the UPM and not the vampire state of NRM in 2019. Peace.

UCC goes rouge on 13 media houses on Labour Day!

Some days are supposed to be sleepy, nearly nothing happening. Your hearing crickets and birds chirping outside the window. Usually, the 1st of May, every year is a bit slow, if your not participating in marches, rallies or collective state sponsored gatherings, where-ever they are. However, today the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has gone rouge, they are really going all out on media. In a sense that isn’t to monitor their broadcast, but more to silence the ones who speaks up on behalf of the Opposition.

Earlier today, three employees at the NBS Television was suspended by the UCC, it is now later revealed, that this was just the beginning, as the state and UCC wanted to show no remorse or inaction. As their loyalty to the President goes beyond ordinary measures. They are just taking away people’s livelihoods without any question. Just suspending the ones in-charge of programmes and productions at 13 media houses of different capacity. Certainly, this a retaliation of some sort.

Some are saying the NBS Television was suspended because of their broadcasting of the trial of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine earlier this week. That is most likely the reason for all of this, since the leadership and regime at this current is very vindictive of the people, who are spreading the message of any serious opposition leader.

Here is the recent post from the UCC:

The Uganda Communications Commission (The Commission) has directed the suspension of Producers, Head of News and Head of Programmes in the following broadcasting stations; AKABOOZI FM, BBS TV, BEAT FM, BUKEDDE TV, CAPITAL FM, CBS FM, KINGDOM TV, NBS TV, NTV, PEARL FM, SALT TV, SAPIENTIA FM and SIMBA FM. This follows concerns over the nature of content aired on these broadcast stations particularly during live programmes, breaking news, and main news bulletins which do not comply with the Minimum broadcasting standards. The Commission observes that these programmes contain content that:- 1. Misrepresents information, views, facts and events in a manner likely to mislead or cause alarm to the public. 2. Has extremist or anarchic messages, including incitement of violence for political and/or other purposes. 3. Incites the public against other members of the public based on their political, religious, cultural and tribal affiliations which are likely to create public insecurity or violence” (Uganda Communications Commission – ‘SUSPENDED – REPEATED BREACH OF MINIMUM BROADCASTING STANDARDS’ 01.05.2019).

This is a very common pattern of the state, where the ones broadcasting the possible message or spreading their views to much. Now, that they did broadcast and spell out the acts against Bobi Wine on the 29th April 2019. They have clearly done to much of it. This has insulted the intelligence of the UCC and the President himself. Surely, his seen and heard this and haven’t enjoyed the broadcast. As they are supposed to spread his views and stories, not the ones of the opposition. Surely, they are so heartbroken, that they had to send this message more clearly to the Media Houses.

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President wants his messages spread, not the ones of dissidents. That is why the state is doing this. To send a MEMO to the OWNERS, whose in control and what they can do. If they don’t sensitize the public the way they want it to be done. So, they now have to keep to this memo, if doing otherwise. Only the within the small measures, which is not taking it to far. Like they did on the 29th April 2019 and even after. Peace.

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