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Weekly Discussion Roundup 9th-15th September, 2013. PDF Print E-mail

1. Umeme's Prepaid Electricity Scandal!. Initiated by Jonathan Omondi

David Mpanga was up for disconnection and prosecution for refusing the electricity pre-paid system of payment.


Flowers

One can use Mobile Money on all networks, or by going to a number of supermarkets, two of which are open 24-hours. There is a meter to indicate usage and remaining units.

Frowns

Prepaid solution is a headache to top up without going to UMEME offices.

Conclusion/ Remarks

There are many payways alongside the roads. It’s not necessary to go to UMEME offices for prepaid power. Problem is the inability to load extra units before finishing the initially loaded units.

It is possible to load extra units before the initial loaded ones run out. If not, that prepaid meter could be faulty.


2. M-Duka and BrainShare make it to the top 40 finalists Initiated by Jeddy Genrwot

Congratulations to two Ugandan developer teams; M-Duka and BrainShare for making it to the top 40 finalists selected for DEMO Africa 2013.


Flowers

The teams are to participate in a session in Nairobi, Kenya, this October, and will be part of other 40 entrepreneurs coming from across Africa presenting their innovative technologies to investors and fellow techpreneurs.


Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

3. Uganda readies for regional BPO conference Initiated by Albert Mucunguzi

Government targets Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) to solve the youth unemployment problem in the country.


Flowers

Attendance is free but one needs to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in advance.

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

There will be live updates on Twitter - the official handle is @ugBPO and the official hashtag is #BPOKampala


4. Does your child need a mobile phone at school? Initiated by Margaret Sevume

Government has directed schools to stop banning students from possessing mobile phones on campus, because they are a necessity for everyday life.


Flowers

The Ministry of Education has reaffirmed the ban.

Frowns

Do students really need mobile phones? Were parents and teachers consulted? Had the ministry ever heard of and factored in cyber bullying? Aren’t phone booths and computers a less risky option?

Conclusion/ Remarks

Why not leave these decisions to the school rules and regulations?

Children with critical medical conditions can leave contacts with the school nurse, head-teacher, class teacher and matron to be at hand at a crisis.

What’s the purpose of having a phone without a source of income?

Going by the numbers, it is apparent that children already have phones anyway so should they be barred from what they already have?


5. Mobile internet usage among idle youth Initiated by Pacuto Peter

A brief research around Kampala, Arua shows , majority of idle youths have turned to heavy usage of mobile internet in the betting arena.


Flowers

Because betting shops are spreading very fast in Uganda, this will be an effective vehicle for the spread of Internet access.


Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

6. Twitter users in Ug Initiated by Jackie Abwol

How many twitter users do we have in Uganda?


Flowers

Try and interact with @TeamUOT or @s0kie,

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

7. Telecoms frustrating Mobile Money related crime. Initiated by Sam Agona

Police records show that at least 100 mobile money users lose money every week.


Flowers

Frowns

Why is requested information from telecoms only given to specific police officers?


Conclusion/ Remarks

Telecoms should aid the police in arresting mobile money thieves.

8. SIM Registration seems to be in Shambles Initiated by Ezekiel Charika

To register separately for each SIM card and later be told that the registration was incomplete.


Flowers

Frowns

This wastes peoples’ time and money to repeat the process.


Conclusion/ Remarks

9. GamersNights: PC Gaming Tournament (September 21st) Initiated by Kyle Spencer

GamersNights is hosting a LAN party & PC gaming tournament on Saturday, September 21st.


Flowers

Two mobile phones will be given away as prizes.

Register here:
http://gamersnights-orange.eventbrite.com/


Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

What time does the event start?

 

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The views, opinions and assumptions expressed in this document are those of the dgroup members and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of I-Network.

 

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