A cross section of Ugandans has launched a countrywide campaign against the tax on social media and mobile money. The campaign dubbed “This tax must go” follows government’s failure to heed to an ultimatum issued by the same group early in the week, to have the taxes scrapped.
The government introduced a 1 per cent levy on each mobile money transaction and a tax of 200 Shillings on all over the top services, which ultimately led to the shutting down of social media sites on July 1. But the blockage triggered outrage across the country.
Speaking at a press conference at the launch of the campaign, Andrew Karamagi, a lawyer and one of the campaigners say the tax is illegal and irregular.
He says they cannot negotiate with the government over a law which is unfair adding that the tax needs to be rescinded in order to give Uganda a fresh start on the issue.
Angella Namirembe, a student at Kyambogo University faults parliament for failing to stand with the people during the time the law went through the legislative process. Namirembe also blames the government for failing to consult citizens before introducing the new tax regime.
The group is now mobilizing Ugandans to dress in red, with effect from Wednesday, July 11, and also engage in peaceful demonstration. They will hold demonstrations in various parts of the country.
The Conference was attended by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine, Dr Stella Nyanzi, local musicians, students, mobile money vendors and journalists among others.