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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:04 By Julius Businge
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Uganda’s largest telecommunication firm, MTN has today clarified on reports that a good number of its customers are not happy with its data services.  Speaking to journalists at the company’s headquarters in Kampala on Nov. 18, the company’s CEO, Brian Gouldie, said MTN has all the experience in Uganda’s market to tackle all challenges related to telecom business. “Of course I feel concerned when we fail to meet customer expectations,” said Gouldie. Prior to the short notice press conference, there were reports that some of the company’s customers were planning to petition government authorities over the current “poor services” offered by the South African based telecom giant.

But the CEO said, they were engaging the affected customers on a case by case basis.  Gouldie admitted that there were challenges in their network related to data service with cases such as multiple data bundle activation failure which led to multiple charges, delayed data bundle loading, failed activation, inaccurate data bundle billing among others but assured the customers that the company was working hard to manage the challenges. Officials told The Independent that the company has 3.4 million customers on the data segment but only about 4, 800 were affected by network problems. Another official said they were already refunding some of the affected customers. He did not give more details. Gouldie urged customers to always contact MTN officials whenever they face challenges while using the company’s services.

 
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:57 By Julius Businge
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British based Telecom Company - Vodafone has signed a deal with broadband company, Afrimax, to provide voice and data services under the Vodafone Uganda brand to increase its presence in the country and on the continent.

Officials said in a press release on Nov. 18 that under the non-equity framework agreement, Vodafone and Afrimax will explore potential partner market opportunities in a variety of territories in sub-Saharan Africa. Vodafone is the world’s second largest telecom with 434 million subscribers, capital worth £89.1b (about sh382trillion) and revenues of £38.34b (about sh164 trillion) according to financials released in March this year. Officials said that under the Partner Market agreement in Uganda, the two companies will offer customers voice and data products and services using the ‘Vodafone Uganda’ brand.

Vodafone’s multinational corporate customers will benefit from the addition of Uganda to their existing contracts for international managed services, officials added.  Vodafone Partner Markets Chief Executive Stefano Gastaut said: “Uganda is an attractive market and we are delighted to welcome Afrimax to our successful Partner Markets community, which already operates in more than fifty countries.

We look forward to exploring the potential for further Partner Market agreements in sub-Saharan Africa with Afrimax, under our framework cooperation agreement.”Uganda has more than six operators including MTN and Airtel controlling over 90% of the subscriber base, Uganda telecom, Orange/Africell, Smart telecom, K2 among other licensed operators. Analysts are predicting another tough competition in the market similar to one ignited by Warid telecom in 2009/10.

 
Sunday, 16 November 2014 22:50 By Ronald Musoke
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What exactly constitutes nakedness, nudity or pornography has always been quite a controversial topic in many societies around the world. The Independent solicited the expertise of a linguist, catholic clergy, artist, psychologist and law professors to understand the distinction of the three concepts.

In one famous case in the US Supreme Court in [1963-1964] involving the prosecution of a theatre manager for showing the French movie, ‘Les Amants’ or ‘The Lovers,’ Justice Potter Stewart declined to define pornography, instead saying “I shall not today attempt further to define [obscenity]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it….”

That famous statement, uttered by Stewart when faced with a case involving obscenity, illustrates the difficulty of trying to determine what constitutes obscene or pornographic content.

The term “pornography” has no well-defined meaning, and certainly no legal definition. Justice Potter definitely had trouble defining the nature of sexually explicit material.

 
Sunday, 16 November 2014 22:38 By Ronald Musoke
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Since she hit the Ugandan music scene with her single, `Nakowa emikwano’, in 2006, Desire Luzinda has possibly been the most photographed celebrity.

When another renowned musician and celebrity, Isaiah Katumwa, hosted her on his TV show, `Jazz with Isaiah” and told her that it appears people admire her body, she did not blink.

“Do you?” she asked him teasingly.

Her daring personality was on show again in an interview with The Independent early this year. “Failure is not an option in my life,” she said, “I fear snakes although I like to see one.” That, and many other instances, proves that the single mother of one who is possibly in her early 30s and must have been a teen when she went into the entertainment business, can’t be easily shaken.

Her spirit to dare has been tested since Nov.2 when images of her in the so-called `V-pose’ went viral on social media. They have sparked an almost national orgy of voyeurism, and an avalanche of V-pose copycats and parodies.

Desire Luzinda’s images were leaked on social media almost a month after a massive leak in early October of similar photos of Hollywood celebrities. In this case the photos were stolen from a cloud-based Internet data storage system. Luzinda’s photos were released by an estranged sex partner.

 
Sunday, 16 November 2014 22:18 By Eric Kabeera
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Heads of state unhappy with current speaker Zziwa

Despite public protests from troubled EALA speaker Margret Nantongo Zziwa, sources within the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) say internal silent campaigns are going on among Ugandan EALA members to front a new candidate who will finish the remaining two and a half years on the term. In just a concluded EALA sitting in Kigali, members continued with their plot to oust the Speaker instead of focusing on productive issues that concern the regional citizens.

 
Sunday, 16 November 2014 22:08 By Haggai Matsiko
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Chinese peacekeepers. NET PHOTO

Lucrative deals force Red Dragon to increase military presence on continent

On June 13 this year, three Chinese men carrying bulky backpacks disembarked from a plane at Juba International Airport in the capital of South Sudan. At any other time, the Chinese might not have been conspicuous as they walked hurriedly towards the terminal building.

But this was at the height of the civil war that erupted in late 2013 when South Sudanese President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice president, Gen. Riek Machar of attempting a military coup.

 
Monday, 10 November 2014 05:53 By Agencies
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Troops face protestors on October 30, 2014 in Ouagadougou. Hundreds of angry demonstrators in Burkina Faso stormed parliament before setting it on fire in protest at plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule. Police had fired tear gas on protesters to try to prevent them from moving in on the National Assembly building ahead of a vote on the controversial legislation. But about 1,500 people managed to break through the security cordon and were ransacking parliament. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGONews that Burkina Faso’s long-serving leader Blaise Compaore had been pushed out of power has prompted an explosion of comment from across Africa, with many citizens asking, «If they can do it, why can’t we.»

Compaore was forced to resign as plans to extend his 27-year rule exploded into violent demonstrations that saw parliament set ablaze and hundreds of thousands take to the streets. Opposition figures have said around 30 people were killed in the Oct.30 violence. AFP could confirm only four deaths. As images of tens of thousands jubilant Burkinabe were seen from Harare to Banjul, Twitter and other social media sites saw citizens pointing the finger at their own long-serving leaders.

 
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:53 By Joan Akello
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Joyce Nabbosa Sebugwawo, national party chairperson Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has today announced that its fifth National Delegates Conference will be held on December 6 at Namboole National Stadium.

Initially the party’s management and National Executive Committee had scheduled this meeting for Nov. 21.

While the Secretary General, Alice Alaso is expected to deliver a status report for the party, the most vital item on the agenda is discussing the proposed amendments to the party’s constitution.

About 1,000 delegates are expected to attend.

 
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 15:27 By Ronald Musoke
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Dr. Eddie Mukoyo, the Assistant Commissioner, Resources, at Uganda's Ministry of HealthDr. Eddie Mukoyo, the Assistant Commissioner, Resources, at the Ministry of Health has said Uganda’s remarkable fight against epidemics such as Ebola and Marburg is to a large extent down to the ministry’s swift adoption of mobile health applications.

Dr. Mukoyo was speaking at this month’s Mobile Monday Kampala (MoMoKla) event, a community of mobile industry visionaries and mobile application developers who meet every first Monday of the month to network, share ideas, best practices and trends from global markets.

This month’s event hosted by ThoughtWorks, a global custom software company based at Nakawa’s Business Park dwelt more on how mhealth tools have helped to contain outbreaks like Ebola in Uganda.

 

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