The country’s leader President Yoweri Museveni plans to slap a new tax on anyone using social media sites to raise revenue.
It’s not going down well in a country where more than 40 percent of the population uses the internet.
“The challenge we are having here is that it is a form of double taxation because originally we know that on the airtime that we pay and the data that we use, we pay taxes on it and as companies of course we pay corporation tax.”
The government says it will charge all phones using platforms like WhatsApp or Facebook 200 Ugandan shillings per day – close to 30 U.S. cents.
HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER, NICHOLAS OPIYO,
“This tax is not a good tax, this tax is a tax that will limit access and therefore affect access to information, access to services, will impact on businesses that are being run by young entrepreneurs.”
The government blocked access to Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp during the last general election in 2016.
And the new tax is due to become law in July…
Whether the Ugandan people ‘Like’ it…or not.