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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

May 31 2018

Uganda imposes tax on social media use

KAMPALA Uganda's parliament has imposed a tax on the use of social media in a bid to raise revenue but opponents of the law say it aims to stifle criticism of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.

May 30 2018

Uganda's telecoms regulator to probe MTN on mobile money policies

KAMPALA, May 30 Uganda's telecommunications regulator said on Wednesday it was setting up a committee to investigate the local unit of South Africa's MTN Group after uproar on social media about its mobile money policies.

Apr 19 2018

Rise in kidnappings shakes faith in Uganda's police

LUWERO, Uganda In a small Ugandan town in February, Juma Nsereko took a panicked call from his wife: their five-year-old twin girls were missing and the mother suspected their neighbor, a jobless man, had kidnapped them. | Video

Apr 13 2018

Uganda considering Israeli request to take African migrants: minister

KAMPALA Uganda is considering a request from Israel to take in 500 migrants from Eritrea and Sudan, a minister said on Friday, the first time the East African nation has acknowledged it is in talks over such a deal.

Apr 12 2018

Uganda plans tax on social media use from July, rights activists cry foul

KAMPALA, April 11 Uganda plans to slap a new tax on social media users from July to raise revenue, which human rights activists denounced as another attempt by President Yoweri Museveni to stifle freedom of expression and quash dissent to his 32-year-rule.

Apr 06 2018

Uganda's economy must grow 7 percent a year to service rising debt: central bank

KAMPALA Uganda's economy needs to grow at least 7 percent a year for the next few years, up from an average 4.5 percent for the last five years, to service the rapidly growing public debt, a central bank official told Reuters on Friday.

Mar 23 2018

Killings flare again in cockpit of Congo's war

KYANGWALI, Uganda Nguna Abooki was getting ready for bed on the evening of Feb. 1 when men with machetes and guns ambushed his village in eastern Congo, killing two of his children and three of his brothers.

Mar 07 2018

Uganda ditches pension privatisation plan

KAMPALA, March 7 Uganda has ditched a long-standing plan to liberalise private-sector pensions after concluding the reform would hand foreign firms an advantage over their local counterparts.

Mar 05 2018

Ugandan minister, police chief sacked as anger mounts over crime wave

KAMPALA Uganda's President has sacked his security minister and police chief after authorities faced a wave of criticism for failing to solve a series of murders and other crimes.

Feb 27 2018

Ugandan affiliate of Vodafone gets creditor protection

KAMPALA A Ugandan Internet service provider that uses Vodafone's brand under license has obtained court protection against creditors after high operational costs pushed it into financial difficulties, an official said.


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