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We Have Collected An Increase Of 13.6% In Taxes This Year Because Of Social Media And Mobile Money Tax – URA Boss Doris Akol

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URA boss Doris Akol

The Commissioner general of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Doris Akol has told the media today that the decision by government to levy mobile money and social media tax is slowly reaping benefits.

While addressing the media at the URA offices at Nakawa about the upcoming Tax Payers Appreciation week scheduled to take place from September 26th up to 28th at Kololo independent grounds, Akol said that social media and mobile money taxes have brought in an increase of 13.6% of taxes collected by URA this year compared to the previous years ever since the policy was implemented. Akol said that at first, many Ugandans who were not paying OTT when the tax had just been introduced are now paying.

Akol added that from the month of July, they have managed to collect 4.7 billion shillings from OTT alone and 22.3 billion shillings from mobile money tax making a total of 27 billion shillings which shows that Ugandans have realised the importance of paying taxes.

She noted that during the Tax Payers Appreciation week, they will acknowledge all the tax payers in the country as a way of thanking them for their compliance.

“I appreciate how Ugandans have been paying their taxes this year compared to the previous years, we have made an improvement as much as collections are concerned. The three days we are spending at Kololo will bring a big difference in the works done by the different ministries in the country and more than one hundred ministries will showcase,” Akol said.

However, Akol criticized the media for always focusing on the bad things that ministries do instead of telling Ugandans about the good things. She urged the media to also focus on the good things that the different ministries are doing.

Among the activities for this year’s tax payers appreciation week include: Country wide corporate social responsibility activity on 21st spear headed by NFA, free legal services, free financial and tax advisory services from URA, verification of land titles by Ministry of Lands, free heart check-up from Uganda Heart Institute, dental services, eye care services, free registration of SACCOs by ministry of trade, HIV testing and counselling among others.

 

By Mboowa Nathan and Remmy Atugonza

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MTN Chairman Charles Mbire Quizzed Over Telecom Giant’s Saga

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MTN Chairman Charles Mbire has been quizzed over the MTN saga according to information obtained by the Grapevine.

Security sources have told this website that the tycoon was quizzed over activities of top expatriates (some of whom have been deported), who used the mobile system to try to distabilise national security by supporting subversive activities.

“These MTN bosses, some of who have been deported, were using the mobile money system to support some individuals who wanted to distabilise the country. Money from individuals from hostile countries was being passed through their MoMo system,” the security source told the Grapevine.

When quizzed further on what really took place during Mbire’s quizzing, the source told this website that this information is still confidential.  MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte was deported yesterday back to Belgium, three weeks after three of the company’s expatriate staff were expelled.

Security sources have also told the Grapevine that former Head of Legal and Lawyer Katamba Anthony recorded statements. The source added that MTN is also involved in under declaration of Mobile money transactions.

Three weeks ago, MTN Uganda’s general manager for mobile money Elsa Mussolini, an Italian citizen, marketing chief Olivier Prentout, a French national, and Annie Bilenge-Tabura, a Rwandan who was head of sales and distribution were deported. Ugandan authorities accused them of using their positions to “compromise national security.

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MTN WOES: Telecom Giants Confirm CEO Vanhellputte’s Deportation, Quickly Appoint  Ugandan As New Boss

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Telecom Giants MTN have confirmed that their CEO Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported from Uganda.
In a statement issued by MTN Group Corporate Affairs, MTN says that, “MTN confirms that Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO of MTN Uganda has been deported from Uganda. MTN has not been notified of the grounds for the deportation and is working hard to establish precise reasons for the deportation.”
“We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolving this matter.
To ensure business continuity, we have appointed Mr. Gordian Kyomukama, currently Chief Technology Officer, as Acting Chief Executive. Our focus continues to be on delivering the best quality products and services to our customers,” the statement further reads.

Mr. Gordian Kyomukama

Yesterday, Mr. Vanhelleputte was kicked out of Uganda back to Belgium after security forces got information that he was involved in subversive activities that were threatening the country’s security.
Mr. Vanhellputte’s deportation comes on the heels of deportation of three of his staff. Three weeks ago, MTN Uganda’s general manager for mobile money Elsa Mussolini, an Italian citizen, marketing chief Olivier Prentout, a French national, and Annie Bilenge-Tabura, a Rwandan who was head of sales and distribution were deported. Ugandan authorities accused them of using their positions to “compromise national security.

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TENSION: MTN CEO Kicked Out Of Uganda Three Weeks After His Three Staff Were Deported For Being A Threat To National Security

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MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported tonight back to Belgium, according to sources, weeks after three of the company’s expatriate staff were expelled.
Three weeks ago, MTN Uganda’s general manager for mobile money Elsa Mussolini, an Italian citizen, marketing chief Olivier Prentout, a French national, and Annie Bilenge-Tabura, a Rwandan who was head of sales and distribution were deported. Ugandan authorities accused them of using their positions to “compromise national security.
A deportation letter dated 14th February 2018, signed by Minister of Internal Affairs Jeje Odongo says that Vanhelleputte has been ‘deemed to be an undesirable immigrant’.
“And I further declare that this order shall be carried into effect by the removal of the said Wim Vanhelleputte by deportation and while waiting to be conveyed to the place of departure shall be kept in custody,” part of the deportation order reads.


Last July, MTN said armed men claiming to be from Uganda’s Internal Security Organisation “kidnapped” two of its contractors and forced them to open up the company’s main data centre, where they made an unsuccessful attempt to access it’s servers.
The telecom firm, one of Africa’s largest, has run into legal trouble elsewhere.

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