1. Tenders and Credibility
  2. Infinity of the word I’m not supposed to say loud
  3. Good divorce is better than a lousy marriage
  4. However a small line
  5. About the blind texts almost
  6. It is a paradisematic country
  7. The lights divided
  8. The coast of the Semantics
  9. Supplies it with the necessary
  10. Made open likeness
  11. She hasn’t been rewritten
  12. Dragged her into their agency
  13. Had grass morning
  14. Where they abused her
  15. Nothing the copy said could
  16. Heaven it in so upon so life
  17. Said could convince her and
  18. Around and return to its own
  19. Plants are noticed by me
  20. Simple and regular than
  21. Replenish itself
  22. Came from it would have been
  23. Pityful a rethoric ques
  24. If several languages coalesce
  25. When I hear the buzz
  26. Spirit gathered divided
  27. Cattle i green first good
  28. Pronunciation more common
  29. She reached the first hills
  30. To achieve this it would be necessary
  31. I neglect my talents
  32. She packed her seven versalia
  33. Appear she’d also seed
  34. Heaven and earth seem
  35. The blind texts it is an almost
  36. I should be incapable
  37. Evening be whose seasons
  38. Plants are noticed by me
  39. That it might be the mirror
  40. Don’t Walk On Our Grass
  41. Their pronunciation and their most
  42. Unknown plants are noticed
  43. Grammar resulting language
  44. It is a paradisematic country
  45. World among the stalks
  46. Tuesday Morning
  47. A Man Drowned In Memory
  48. Onboarding for New Hires – The time that makes or breaks them
  49. Short-term Hiring – A crisis or an opportunity?
  50. Strategic planning for maximum performance and ROI – How will your employees know, buy in and deliver
  51. Selection Interview – May the Best Candidate Join Your Organisation
  52. Oh, Jenny. Did Five Years Fly By?
  53. Then they are still using her
  54. Could refuse to pay expensive
  55. Could impress upon paper
  56. Morning Thoughts
  57. Her for their projects again
  58. Heaven and earth seem
  59. We Deserve Better
  60. Where it came from it
  61. Constitution
  62. When darkness overspreads
  63. Then she continued her way
  64. Theft on a Grand Scale
  65. My soul is the mirror
  66. Into the belt and made
  67. The breath of that universal love
  68. Your Business Objectives: Set Them, Meet Them, Beat Them
  69. Of Language and Love
  70. Remebering Tumusiime Rushegye
  71. Star and Billy
  72. Being Blocked By @KCCAUG, @KCCAED and the rest of KCCA
  73. Born of a Rock
  74. Anything and Nothing, Really
  75. Hire and Fire – Management Reality; How is staff turnover affecting the workplace
  76. No, I Don’t Believe In You
  77. Tenders
  78. The other day I drove through Zziru
  79. Advertising Wife
  80. Somewhat Strange
  81. Beware of this when you hire your next ad guru
  82. Creative Director – What Animal Is This?
  83. Advertising Scene in Uganda – Highlights
  84. It’s That Simple
  85. Passion, Motivation, Team Integration – How To Get People to Open Up, Style Up and Step Up
  86. First, Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
  87. Business Model Generation
  88. Bold – How to Be Brave in Business and Win
  89. Thus Flied Away Life
  90. Facebook Friend Insist – Turned Bad
  91. I Am Vince
  92. Is Your Latest Recruit Fit For the Job At Hand
  93. Fishermen on Lake Victoria
  94. Unconfused Mind
  95. #CancerUG Alex Mulamba dies
  96. Amama’s Diction and People’s Funny Reactions
  97. #9 vs Obama Challenge
  98. The Ugandan Workforce – A Challenge to Employees and Managers Alike
  99. Sequence of seven in 140 characters
  100. Pesma bezimena – A Poem With No Name
  101. Things I Learnt from Pumpkin
  102. Understanding What Infidelity Does
  103. We are Developing World with Manhattan Prices
  104. In Love, Loving, Loved
  105. The War Is Real
  106. When Montenegro Declared War on Japan
  107. An Update on Mediation at Commercial Court, Closed Today
  108. What Clients Want From an Ad Agency?
  109. Time to rethink the things we do #CancerUG
  110. Rainy Season
  111. Why folding your trouser leg can bring misery of catastrophic proportions
  112. Gypsy-orange
  113. #CancerUG – simple thoughts but let us start
  114. Little Treasures, Rediscovered
  115. I’ll make you a deal.
  116. The days I left in the past
  117. Road to Home
  118. Loved by the Darkness, 1996
  119. A tribute to Rosemary and the legacy her passing has the opportunity to create
  120. Damn it!
  121. When it rains, it kills.
  122. Kao da ne znam – As if I don’t know
  123. The War is Real!
  124. Joan. Gone Too Soon.
  125. The Story With No End
  126. Inspired by Technology – My impressions of entries into 2014 ACIA Awards
  127. To The Pompous Little Dimwit
  128. Blood-green ……. Krvavo zeleno
  129. A message to my stupid girlfriend (or potentially at least half a dozen of them)
  130. Randomness of rain, when I least need it.
  131. Soul
  132. For Kelley
  133. Little Clicking Noises
  134. Walk Alone
  135. It is Grover Washington
  136. Angry
  137. Of The Desert
  138. When I Go To Sleep
  139. Never Fall In Love With A Liar
  140. In The Village Of My Ancestors – by Vasko Popa
Sunday, August 18, 2019
  1. Tenders and Credibility
  2. Infinity of the word I’m not supposed to say loud
  3. Good divorce is better than a lousy marriage
  4. However a small line
  5. About the blind texts almost
  6. It is a paradisematic country
  7. The lights divided
  8. The coast of the Semantics
  9. Supplies it with the necessary
  10. Made open likeness
  11. She hasn’t been rewritten
  12. Dragged her into their agency
  13. Had grass morning
  14. Where they abused her
  15. Nothing the copy said could
  16. Heaven it in so upon so life
  17. Said could convince her and
  18. Around and return to its own
  19. Plants are noticed by me
  20. Simple and regular than
  21. Replenish itself
  22. Came from it would have been
  23. Pityful a rethoric ques
  24. If several languages coalesce
  25. When I hear the buzz
  26. Spirit gathered divided
  27. Cattle i green first good
  28. Pronunciation more common
  29. She reached the first hills
  30. To achieve this it would be necessary
  31. I neglect my talents
  32. She packed her seven versalia
  33. Appear she’d also seed
  34. Heaven and earth seem
  35. The blind texts it is an almost
  36. I should be incapable
  37. Evening be whose seasons
  38. Plants are noticed by me
  39. That it might be the mirror
  40. Don’t Walk On Our Grass
  41. Their pronunciation and their most
  42. Unknown plants are noticed
  43. Grammar resulting language
  44. It is a paradisematic country
  45. World among the stalks
  46. Tuesday Morning
  47. A Man Drowned In Memory
  48. Onboarding for New Hires – The time that makes or breaks them
  49. Short-term Hiring – A crisis or an opportunity?
  50. Strategic planning for maximum performance and ROI – How will your employees know, buy in and deliver
  51. Selection Interview – May the Best Candidate Join Your Organisation
  52. Oh, Jenny. Did Five Years Fly By?
  53. Then they are still using her
  54. Could refuse to pay expensive
  55. Could impress upon paper
  56. Morning Thoughts
  57. Her for their projects again
  58. Heaven and earth seem
  59. We Deserve Better
  60. Where it came from it
  61. Constitution
  62. When darkness overspreads
  63. Then she continued her way
  64. Theft on a Grand Scale
  65. My soul is the mirror
  66. Into the belt and made
  67. The breath of that universal love
  68. Your Business Objectives: Set Them, Meet Them, Beat Them
  69. Of Language and Love
  70. Remebering Tumusiime Rushegye
  71. Star and Billy
  72. Being Blocked By @KCCAUG, @KCCAED and the rest of KCCA
  73. Born of a Rock
  74. Anything and Nothing, Really
  75. Hire and Fire – Management Reality; How is staff turnover affecting the workplace
  76. No, I Don’t Believe In You
  77. Tenders
  78. The other day I drove through Zziru
  79. Advertising Wife
  80. Somewhat Strange
  81. Beware of this when you hire your next ad guru
  82. Creative Director – What Animal Is This?
  83. Advertising Scene in Uganda – Highlights
  84. It’s That Simple
  85. Passion, Motivation, Team Integration – How To Get People to Open Up, Style Up and Step Up
  86. First, Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
  87. Business Model Generation
  88. Bold – How to Be Brave in Business and Win
  89. Thus Flied Away Life
  90. Facebook Friend Insist – Turned Bad
  91. I Am Vince
  92. Is Your Latest Recruit Fit For the Job At Hand
  93. Fishermen on Lake Victoria
  94. Unconfused Mind
  95. #CancerUG Alex Mulamba dies
  96. Amama’s Diction and People’s Funny Reactions
  97. #9 vs Obama Challenge
  98. The Ugandan Workforce – A Challenge to Employees and Managers Alike
  99. Sequence of seven in 140 characters
  100. Pesma bezimena – A Poem With No Name
  101. Things I Learnt from Pumpkin
  102. Understanding What Infidelity Does
  103. We are Developing World with Manhattan Prices
  104. In Love, Loving, Loved
  105. The War Is Real
  106. When Montenegro Declared War on Japan
  107. An Update on Mediation at Commercial Court, Closed Today
  108. What Clients Want From an Ad Agency?
  109. Time to rethink the things we do #CancerUG
  110. Rainy Season
  111. Why folding your trouser leg can bring misery of catastrophic proportions
  112. Gypsy-orange
  113. #CancerUG – simple thoughts but let us start
  114. Little Treasures, Rediscovered
  115. I’ll make you a deal.
  116. The days I left in the past
  117. Road to Home
  118. Loved by the Darkness, 1996
  119. A tribute to Rosemary and the legacy her passing has the opportunity to create
  120. Damn it!
  121. When it rains, it kills.
  122. Kao da ne znam – As if I don’t know
  123. The War is Real!
  124. Joan. Gone Too Soon.
  125. The Story With No End
  126. Inspired by Technology – My impressions of entries into 2014 ACIA Awards
  127. To The Pompous Little Dimwit
  128. Blood-green ……. Krvavo zeleno
  129. A message to my stupid girlfriend (or potentially at least half a dozen of them)
  130. Randomness of rain, when I least need it.
  131. Soul
  132. For Kelley
  133. Little Clicking Noises
  134. Walk Alone
  135. It is Grover Washington
  136. Angry
  137. Of The Desert
  138. When I Go To Sleep
  139. Never Fall In Love With A Liar
  140. In The Village Of My Ancestors – by Vasko Popa

Just when I thought that Uganda is getting on the right track with its efforts to manage and improve governance at all levels, I came across a strange situation that revealed how much more and how far we need to go to get this country somewhere.

A few years ago, Umeme Ltd introduced prepaid electricity meters to Uganda. All is well, you pay and you run whatever you want, no monthly bills, no disconnection notices. Fair enough, not a bad idea in a country where everyone dodges payment on time, you may think it’s a national sport trained to perfection.

But I didn’t want Yaka because the issue of Tax Invoices for my office was not very clear.Until it was put to me that they will install Yaka meter and take mine – which I paid for when we applied for the connection at our new office three years ago.

So, my meter was taken without compensation, and a new gadget installed on the pole. We were advised to use PayWay to load tokens and since PayWay gave some sort of flimsy Tax Invoice, this was allowed to pass.

Take note that huge areas of Kampala are now under Yaka, I do not have the stats but it’s pretty much everyone I know and that may mean all the suburbs and city except industrial area.

Now, coming to work on a Monday morning, 8th February 2016, and the power is down, Yaka meter showing zero. Fine. PayWay is at Acacia Mall but it’s 7am and if I turn up at the mall gates they will certainly think I’m a terrorist – a muzungu woman driving a Figaro with a Star Leo personalised numberplate – I do arise askaris’ suspicion all the time. Probably rightfully so because I do instill terror, especially in the former employees who can’t stop backbiting till today, but that’s a story for another day.

So I quickly dismiss the thought of going to the mall and grab my mac to do an online transaction, saying a quick prayer for Stanbic Bank IT in the process because that seems to be really in a devastatingly sick state – another story for another day.

I go to VAS, pay 200,000 to Umeme, get a token, load my account and call 0800-185-185 to ask for my Tax Invoice. Talk to a guy who says he will ‘escalate it’ which – of course – makes me wonder because issuing a tax invoice should be the most natural process for a tax registered company, like breathing air, but I say my thank yous and push on.

Next day at work, no tax invoice coming to my mailbox, I ask Umeme on Twitter and they have no answer. I give them 45 minutes to sort themselves out and indeed – something happens!

NadaA payment receipt arrives. you can see, UGX 30,508 is the value of VAT that I can not claim as input into my business tax accounting, because I am not given a tax invoice.

Perspective: that money buys about 9kg of sugar or 20 Coca-Colas, or two lunches at Raves or four at Mama Angela’s and – I spend some 400,000 on electricity monthly so 60,000 in stolen VAT is not insignificant. From me alone.

Now, surely the same module that generated the “PAYMENT SLIP” above can be changed to read “TAX INVOICE” and a line inserted to fill in my TIN number, as required by URA. Or – my TIN Number can be added next to the company name. No big deal. But hey – it’s easier to do nothing and have the playground to themselves instead of doing the right thing as required by the law.

So, the battle starts and Umeme asserts that they have given me the tax invoice, which is a lie, and I report them to URA for tax non-compliance. Of course – URA still owes me answers on MTN isue – exactly the same behaviour – nit giving tax invoices and giving many excuses instead. Not to mention my reward for whistleblowing on MTN but that’s on URA’s conscience and I’ll pick it up with them any time.

Back to Umeme. First, this company is the most pathetic performer, using exclusively customers’ funds to expand and build the end of the distribution network. I was asked to install a transformer at home at a cost of 30 million of which Umeme would take 5 million  “for testing” of a brand new transformer from Korica – another daylight theft. Needless to say we bought solar equipment at home and life is beautiful without Umeme, sunshine all the way!
Another theft worth mentioning is that I paid 24 million to have their poles removed from my land, which they were occupying illegally because there is no contract they have with anyone in Garuga to pass their electricity line where it passes. Reason to remove the poles – they were rotting and falling all over the place, in that last year they replaced two broken poles and we simply could not live under the high voltage wires at constant risk of falling, with our animals and people employed here.

Speaking of broken wires – we would report and replacement would happen a week or more later. So efficiency wasn’t the name of the game either. Hence the mini-uproars that occasionally happen on Twitter or Facebook – a supplier that holds the whole country at ransom, posting profits based on customers’ payments for poles, wires, transformers and metres that are booked as Umeme capital investment, milking the little economy that’s connected to the grid and devastating the rest of the country that remains in darkness up to 80% of the territory, underdeveloped and short of services, information, opportunities – all due to the lack of electricity.

So, to conclude, I have unearthed another cheating giant that blatantly steals people’s taxes and refuses to abide by the laws of our country.

I have reported them to URA and I want to see, this time, that URA will act on my report and provide feedback.

I wold like to encourage everyone who reads this to revisit their payments to Umeme and see if they are getting the correct TAX Invoice documents. If you are not – you can join me in signing a petition here:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/499/395/645/end-umeme-ltd-non-compliance-with-laws-of-uganda/

That’s all for now. Will keep you updated.

 

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Peter Atkin February 13, 2016 at 12:34

Yep that’s one of the many reasons why we have not moved over to Yaka? Post Office is the same by the way..

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