UGANDANS TO PAY N20 FOR USING SOCIAL MEDIA

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Just a few days a ago the Ugandan Parliament has passed into law imposing a tax of 200 Ugandan shillings($0.05,euro 0.04, N 20) a day  On users of internet “over the top” services which publish content bypassing the traditional distributors

It implies that users of any social media applications,ranging from whatsapp,Facebook, Skype etc in Uganda will have to pay a daily tax of N20 per day starting from July 2018.

Although, this new law does not spell it how this tax would be applied or collected in practice.

Ugandan, finance minister David Bahati said the major aim of this legislation was only to raise revenue from public services.

He added that Earlier in March president Museveni wrote to the finance Ministry urging for the introduction of this tax as a way of dealing with the consequences of online “gossip”.

According to him, it was to stop young people from engaging in gossip.

This means that Ugandans will be paying N7300 per year just to make use of social media. From my view this is just another way to extort money from the citizens.

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