N20 A Day To Use Social Media - Ugandan Parliament Passes New Law On Social Media

The Ugandan Parliament has passed into law late Wednesday imposing a tax of 200 shillings ($0.05, 0.04 euro, N20) a day on users of so-called “over the top” services which publish content bypassing traditional distributors.

This means that users of WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype and other social media in Uganda will have to pay a daily tax  of N20 per day from July 2018.

Although, the new law does not spell out how the tax would be applied and collected in practice.
Ugandan, Finance minister David Bahati said the aim of the legislation was only to raise revenue for public services. Earlier in March President Museveni wrote to the finance ministry urging the introduction of the tax as a way to deal with the consequences of online “gossip”.

According to him, it was to stop young people from gossiping.


This literally means Ugandans will be paying N7200 to use social media.

I think this is just another way to extort money from the citizens.


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