Social Media tax: Artistes give Gov’t ultimatum

Social Media tax: Artistes give Gov’t ultimatum


By Website writer.
As the social media tax bites, the youth from all walks of life have come out and set an ultimatum. They have given government up to Friday (6th July) to drop the exploitative taxes on social media and Mobile Money. The taxes came to effect on July 1.

Bobi Wine and other youth have given government until friday to repeal the exploitative taxes

Addressing journalists on Tuesday, the group lead by among others Bobi Wine, Singer A-Pass, Comedian Salvador said; ‘ ‘ If our concerns are not addressed by Friday 6th July, 2018 at 12:00pm, we are going to mobilise the country to exercise their constitutional rights and actively reject and protest against this tax.’’
The group says they find the new taxes exploitative, prohibitive and an affront to the rights of the citizens of this country, hence blatantly unconstitutional.
In a letter to the finance minister Matia Kasaija in March, President Museveni said a social media tax could boost government revenue, and so reduce borrowing and aid money.
The President said people using social media to spread gossip which he described as “opinions, prejudices, insults [and] friendly chats”.