stop taxing the social media in Uganda

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The proposal to introduce tax on social media users was first fronted by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in his March 12th letter to the minister of Finance Matia Kasaija as a means of increasing government revenue and reducing gossip. It was later approved by the Parliament to start operating in the FY 2018/2019

The tax denies many Ugandans access to information through social media and also infringes on the economic rights, it makes accessing social media platforms a preserve of only economically empowered and circumscribes social media use and access.

The tax suffocates internet based or enabled businesses, budding entrepreneurs, job searching, talent promotion, creativity and innovation which is an infringement and contravention of economic rights guaranteed by the constitution.

 

 

 



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