Uganda levies a daily social media tax from July on the majorly used services including Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and more others.
The country in East Africa has just released a regulation that imposes levy of 200 shilling which is $0.05 or £0.04 on a daily basis, to the people who use the top-listed online messaging platforms. The regulation has been pushed on Wednesday by the President Yoweri Museveni, noticing the incitement of gossiping through the different social media channels.
Since, the way of implementation and collection of the tax has not yet been disclosed by the government. The legislation has been objected at raising the public service revenues, said an earlier statement by the finance minister, David Bahati. But, in March the President Museveni urged the finance ministry to introduce the tax with a significant concern of consequences occur due to gossip.
Activist and journalist, Lydia Namubiru said in statement that, “The president … said it was to stop young people from gossiping but what’s ironic about that statement is that it comes after [popular musician] Bobi Wine became a member of parliament through an online campaign.”
The new levy has also been imposed on the mobile money transactions by one percent. With the help of small approach to the formal banking facilities, many people in Uganda depend upon mobile telephone companies to transfer and store their money electronically.
Opposition leader of parliament said while opposing the action that, “Only 5 million Ugandans countrywide can access the banking sector leaving the rest to mobile money services.”
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