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Museveni tells the poor: Ain’t got no mobile money? You got life - 7 months ago, 11 July 14:52

By: Fredrick Golooba- ...

It has been an angry week in Uganda. Citizens are furious at their government for coming up with new taxes, which, as it happens, are not payable by everybody.

They are not, for example, like value-added tax, which is so difficult to avoid. Only people who use mobile money services and those who own phones that allow them to be active on social media platforms must pay.

If one neither sends cash to anyone via mobile money services nor receives any, the new tax is irrelevant to their day-to-day existence.

If one has a cheap phone that they can’t use to access social media and if they have never connected to any platform and know nothing about Facebook or WhatsApp, the tax is equally irrelevant to their day-to-day lives.

And even if one is in the habit of using mobile money services, truth be told, the tax can be avoided.

They could ...
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