The Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda announced on Wednesday that government will next week review the social media and mobile money taxes
In statement on the OTT and Mobile money tax, the PM said the president has considered public concerns and proposed that a bill [ Excise Duty Amendment] be discussed in Parliament next week on Thursday.
The 200-shilling tax on the daily use of social media platforms has led to protests. The taxes took effect at the beginning of July. A small demonstration in the capital, Kampala, was broken up by police on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile Members of Parliament wonder what will happen to the money already collected from OTT and Mobile money tax. Hon Cecilia Ogwal has asked govt to refund people
Hon Kyagulanyi Ssentamu told to Parliament that the demonstration against social media tax was peaceful, he adds that youths have since the passing of the excise duty (amendment) bill 2018 decried limited access.
He also told the Speaker that ‘ ‘ The young people are saying this tax must go. In Kamuli where you represent, they are very disappointed that Parliament isn’t attaching much importance to the matter.’’
To which the Speaker responded :’ ‘ Where were you on 30th May? [When the bill was being passed] to which Bobi Wine answered : I was present. Speaker: Then sit down.