Imagine being taxed for speaking, for communicating, for exercising one of your fundamental rights as a human being.
As unimaginable or as ridiculous as it may sound, that is to be the new norm for the people of Uganda as the government imposes a tax on the use of social media by its citizens. This new tax law was passed last Wednesday, May 30, 2018, by the Ugandan parliament as part of an overhaul of an excise duty law due to take effect at the start of the next financial year in July.
It is said that the tax would be levied daily by mobile phone operators on the SIM cards of users who access any of the social networks; WhatsApp, Twitter, or Facebook. Users will be charged 200 shillings, an equivalent of $0.0531 daily for services on any of the social networks.
Although the government has said the tax is to raise revenue, the widely held opinion is that the new law is simply a medium to stifle free speech and expression of citizens. “It’s intended to curtail the ever increasing central role of social media in political organising,” Nicholas Opiyo, a Kampala-based lawyer who also heads a local rights organization, told Click here to read entire article
Source:: Ventures Africa