Ugandan MPs Okay Taxes on Social Media, Mobile Money
Parliament has passed controversial taxes on mobile money transactions and social media use. The new law will impose a mandatory daily levy for WhatsApp users, while mobile money transactions will also attract a 1% levy on the total value of a transaction. The motion faced stiff resistance from younger MPs with Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyaggulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, dismissing it as double taxation.
Uganda: Uganda Slaps Tax On Social Media
Deutsche Welle, 31 May 2018
The Ugandan parliament has voted to impose a tax on the use of social media. Opponents of the law argue it will be hard to enforce, could hit some of the poorest hardest and stifle… Read more »
Monitor, 31 May 2018
Parliament yesterday passed the controversial taxes on mobile money transaction and social media use amid strong protests from some members. Read more »
A borrower carrying out a mobile money loan transaction on the Mokash platform. The platform is a joint operation by MTN and Commercial Bank of Africa.
Monitor, 29 May 2018
Bushenyi residents, mobile money operators, civil society organisations and political leaders have protested government's proposal of transaction value taxation on mobile money… Read more »
Observer, 23 May 2018
In a letter that was widely circulated on social media, President Yoweri Museveni suggested Shs 100 should be imposed on all SIM cards connected to social media to generate about… Read more »
Monitor, 13 May 2018
President Museveni has said Uganda now is unstoppable on its road to transformation and called on the media as stakeholders to have serious debates on the country's development… Read more »
The government has proposed a daily tax of 100 shillings for all social media users. Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre today, State Minister for Planning David ... Read more »