Uganda explains social media tax review

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Uganda explains social media tax review

Kampala (SK)- We now have the text of the statement Uganda’s prime minister gave to parliament on the review of the social media and mobile money taxes.

Ruhakana Rugunda said:

Government is now reviewing the taxes taking into consideration the concerns of the public and its implications on the budget.

The president has provided guidance on the matter and encouraged further discussion with a view to reaching consensus on how we should raise the much needed revenue to finance our budget.”

A revised budget is due to be tabled in parliament on Thursday 19 July.

Parliament approved the tax in May after President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, saying that social media encouraged gossip.

But some argued that it was a way of restricting critical comments about the government.

President Yoweri Museveni has been critical of the way people use social media

SOURCE: BBC