Uganda Introduces Social Media Tax

Uganda Introduces Social Media Tax

The Ugandan government proposes a daily tax of Ush100 ($0.03) on all social media users in the country.

Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Parliament on Thursday, the State Minister for Planning, David Bahati, said the fee will be charged everyday on each SIM card that connects to the internet for social media.

President Yoweri Museveni recently revealed that the government was planning to introduce taxes on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Viber, claiming that people use these platforms mainly for lugambo (gossip).

He however received backlash from social media users, including human rights activists and opposition leaders, who said the new tax proposals were “diversionary, deceptive, injurious to individual freedoms and burdensome”.

President Yoweri Museveni plans to implement a new levy in July on social media sites to raise revenues.

The government said it will charge all phones using platforms like WhatsApp or Facebook 200 Ugandan shillings per day - about 20 fils.


Sources: The East African, The National UAE

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