@CITIZENTV

Violent protests force Uganda government to review social media tax

3 months ago, 12 July 10:36

By: Cnn

Violent protests in Uganda have forced the government to review a controversial tax imposed on social media use in the country.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in a statement Wednesday said the bill would be amended “taking into consideration the concerns of the public,” and presented to the country’s parliament on July 19.

Uganda passed a new set of laws taxing online services and mobile money transactions in the country in May.

Police fired teargas to disperse a crowd of demonstrators led by vocal lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi as they marched towards the parliament in the capital Kampala, local media reported.

The Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill 2018 came into effect on July 1 and meant that Ugandans were paying 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.05) daily to use social platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter.

The tax was highly unpopular and a tech company sued the government  amid other protests online.

In the lawsuit, Uganda’s government was accused of breaching the principles of Net neutrality and the petitioners called on Uganda’s Constitutional court to overturn the decision to charge the unpopular tax and “declare it as illegal, null and void.”

They claim that the tax was “passed with no public participation and hinders freedom of speech and innovation,” in the petition.

Angry Ugandans have turned to social media to complain about the new tax saying it will affect their livelihood.

Others said it was double taxation as a 1% tax is also being applied to mobile money transactions.

President Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986 introduced the bill to discourage gossip on social media but a lawmaker told CNN the tax was imposed to raise money for the country and to avoid relying on donor aid.

Parliamentary spokesman Chris Obore defended the law, saying that as more Ugandans use social media, it should become a vital source of revenue for the East African country.

Neighboring country Tanzania also recently introduced a controversial fee of $930 on bloggers and online publishers, a decision that is being challenged by local activists in court.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a cybercrimes bill, criminalizing the publication of fake news despite pressure from international media rights group to stop it. The bill also imposes hefty fines and a two-year jail term for those found guilty.

 


Read More


Category: topnews news

Suggested

1 hour ago
@CITIZENTV - By: Emilio Muriithi
Matiang’i orders operation against coffee theft in Central Kenya

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i on Tuesday ordered an immediate crackdown on coffee theft cartels said to be terrorizing farmers in Central Kenya. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@StandardMedia - By: Harold Odhiambo
About 80 ex-soldiers sue state for torture

Former soldiers are seeking compensation from the government following their dismissal from the service after a coup attempt. ...

Category: topnews news
38 minutes
@CITIZENTV - By: Citizen Reporter
Injury free Wanjiru working to conquer New York

Heading to New York for the November 4 race, Wanjiru says the London disappointment are behind him, further promising his fans a “a good race.” ...

Category: topnews news sports
Now
@CITIZENTV - By: Jeremiah Lechipai
Portugal, Spain confirmed for Safari Sevens

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) on Tuesday has named the seven teams that will compete in Nairobi Safari Sevens alongside two Kenya sevens teams. ...

Category: topnews news sports
1 hours ago, 16:30
@DailyNation - By: Afp
Ethiopian PM hands half of cabinet to women

The new Minister of National Defence, Aisha Mohammed, is the first woman to hold the post. ...

Category: topnews news
38 minutes
@CapitalFMNews - By: Jeremiah Wakaya
IEBC to publish firms, list of directors that got 2017 poll tenders

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Tuesday said it would publish names of firms awarded tenders for - Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | Capit ...

Category: topnews

@CITIZENTV

Violent protests force Uganda government to review social media tax

3 months ago, 12 July 10:36

By: Cnn

Violent protests in Uganda have forced the government to review a controversial tax imposed on social media use in the country.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in a statement Wednesday said the bill would be amended “taking into consideration the concerns of the public,” and presented to the country’s parliament on July 19.

Uganda passed a new set of laws taxing online services and mobile money transactions in the country in May.

Police fired teargas to disperse a crowd of demonstrators led by vocal lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi as they marched towards the parliament in the capital Kampala, local media reported.

The Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill 2018 came into effect on July 1 and meant that Ugandans were paying 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.05) daily to use social platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter.

The tax was highly unpopular and a tech company sued the government  amid other protests online.

In the lawsuit, Uganda’s government was accused of breaching the principles of Net neutrality and the petitioners called on Uganda’s Constitutional court to overturn the decision to charge the unpopular tax and “declare it as illegal, null and void.”

They claim that the tax was “passed with no public participation and hinders freedom of speech and innovation,” in the petition.

Angry Ugandans have turned to social media to complain about the new tax saying it will affect their livelihood.

Others said it was double taxation as a 1% tax is also being applied to mobile money transactions.

President Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986 introduced the bill to discourage gossip on social media but a lawmaker told CNN the tax was imposed to raise money for the country and to avoid relying on donor aid.

Parliamentary spokesman Chris Obore defended the law, saying that as more Ugandans use social media, it should become a vital source of revenue for the East African country.

Neighboring country Tanzania also recently introduced a controversial fee of $930 on bloggers and online publishers, a decision that is being challenged by local activists in court.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a cybercrimes bill, criminalizing the publication of fake news despite pressure from international media rights group to stop it. The bill also imposes hefty fines and a two-year jail term for those found guilty.

 


Read More

Category: topnews news

Suggested

1 hour ago
@CITIZENTV - By: Emilio Muriithi
Matiang’i orders operation against coffee theft in Central Kenya

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i on Tuesday ordered an immediate crackdown on coffee theft cartels said to be terrorizing farmers in Central Kenya. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@StandardMedia - By: Harold Odhiambo
About 80 ex-soldiers sue state for torture

Former soldiers are seeking compensation from the government following their dismissal from the service after a coup attempt. ...

Category: topnews news
38 minutes
@CITIZENTV - By: Citizen Reporter
Injury free Wanjiru working to conquer New York

Heading to New York for the November 4 race, Wanjiru says the London disappointment are behind him, further promising his fans a “a good race.” ...

Category: topnews news sports
Now
@CITIZENTV - By: Jeremiah Lechipai
Portugal, Spain confirmed for Safari Sevens

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) on Tuesday has named the seven teams that will compete in Nairobi Safari Sevens alongside two Kenya sevens teams. ...

Category: topnews news sports
1 hours ago, 16:30
@DailyNation - By: Afp
Ethiopian PM hands half of cabinet to women

The new Minister of National Defence, Aisha Mohammed, is the first woman to hold the post. ...

Category: topnews news
38 minutes
@CapitalFMNews - By: Jeremiah Wakaya
IEBC to publish firms, list of directors that got 2017 poll tenders

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Tuesday said it would publish names of firms awarded tenders for - Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | Capit ...

Category: topnews
Our App