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Museveni has not changed his mind on social media tax

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Thursday, July 5th, 2018, 10:37
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In spite of a nationwide outcry and anger sparked by introduction of a social media tax, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has today  defended the social media tax saying that the foreign telephone companies who receive the dollars spent by social media users are exclusively the beneficiaries, adding that “all the moral reasons are in favour of that tax”.

 

Museveni said that social media chatting is a luxury for people who want to enjoy themselves or malice others and accused social media users of squandering government revenues to foreign firms.   

 

“As to social- media tax, all the moral reasons are in favour of that tax. The social - media users have no right to squander the dollars I earn from my coffee , my milk et cetera by endlessly donating money to foreign telephone Companies through chatting or even lying and, then, they are allergic to even a modest contribution to their country whose collective wealth they are misusing,” said President Museveni in a statement he posted through twitter.

 

“Mobile money transfer is, of course, different from the social media chatting. Social media chatting is a luxury by those who are enjoying themselves or those who are malicious,” he added.  

 

Last May Ugandan legislators passed new taxes which include UGSH200 (approx. $0.05) tax per day in order to access various online services. This law attracted widespread criticism from the Ugandans and the Amnesty International.

 

The Human Rights watch called on the Kampala regime to recall the new tax on social media stressing it robbed many Ugandans of their “right to freedom of expression, with a chilling effect on other human rights".

 

"This is a clear attempt to silence dissent, in the guise of raising government revenues," Amnesty said.

 

The platforms affected include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, , Skype, Yahoo Messenger et cetera.

 

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