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.

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.

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