In brief: Kadaga protests free OTT for MPs; Jumia sued; MTN listing; Kaluuya’s prodn firm, Shs3bn for x-Vodafone Ug staff & more

Daniel Kaluuya

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Grab a cup of coffee or a mug of any other liquid you love chugging to aid you in digesting your Thursday briefing that will direct to you to the latest reports in the tech and startup space in and out of Uganda.

MPs want to ‘evade’ OTT tax, Kadaga not happy

On Wednesday, Ugandan taxpayers learned an absurd development after news hit the media that their representatives in Parliament, on top of humungous benefits they’re already entitled to, they were planning to add more.

458 Ugandan legislators are planning to use Shs198m of the taxpayers’ money to pay the OTT tax which they introduced to social media users in 2018. Part of these funds will also cater to internet expenditure of legislators.

However, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has opposed the move, saying MPs should be able to fund their internet needs. She is also yet to learn how the reached the move to okay the use of these funds.

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Class action suit against Jumia

Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. is a New York-based law firm concentrating in commercial and securities litigation, has filed a class action suit against Africa’s largest online retailer Jumia, shortly after a damning report emerged pinning the company for short selling. Jumia responded, improving its stock results.

According to the lawsuit which is still calling for participants, days leading up to listing on the New York Stock Exchange, Jumia misled investors by over-declaring number of customers, merchants, among other false figures and statements made regarding its operations on the continent.

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MTN listing

MTN Group has today listed around 20.4 billion shares of its Nigerian unit on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. MTN Nigeria is the group’s biggest market.

“At MTN Group we are very pleased that we are taking this first and important step towards increasing the local ownership of the company, and building the equity capital markets in Nigeria,’ commented MTN Group’s CFO, Ralph Mupita.

Daniel Kaluuya signs deal with Paramount

Daniel Kaluuya, a British born actor with Ugandan descent has rolled out a production company dubbed 59% which he says will connect storytellers to top studios.

According to reports, Kaluuya, an Oscar-nominated actor, has already sealed a deal with Paramount Pictures film studio division Paramount Players.

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Kaspersky opens office in Rwanda

Cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab has opened a unit in Kigali, Rwanda to boost presence in East Africa.

The firm, popular for providing anti-virus solutions, says it’s looking to partner with local IT firms in the region.

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Ex-Vodafone staffers unpaid

At least 150 people who worked with Vodafone before it ended its operations in Uganda are yet to get their salary arrears and terminal benefits amounting to Shs3bn, Daily Monitor reports.

While Donald Nyakairu, who was appointed by the High Court as a provisional administrator following the company’s application for bankruptcy protection, says they are trying to sell equipment to be able to gather funds to pay the frustrated former employees, Vodafone closed up business when it was demanding Shs1b from Uganda Revenue Authority in tax returns and about Shs707m from UCC which the company had advanced as a guarantee for some investments that were never completed.

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