Uganda : new social media and mobile tax bill

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni. Photo : RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed into law an excise duty amendment bill that levies a mobile money tax and daily social media fee, a presidential spokesperson said here Wednesday.

The bill taxes a daily fee of 200 shillings (0.05 U.S. dollars) for social media use and 0.5-percent excise duty on mobile money transactions are meant to raise revenue for government projects, Don Wanyama, senior presidential spokesperson reported.

After the presidential assent, the act is supposed to be made public before it becomes law in the east African country.

Activists demanded the new taxes, which came into force on July 1, be abolished, arguing that they are unfair, costly, prohibitive and a limitation to people’s individual freedoms.

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