It seems too odd to be true, but Uganda President, Yoweri Museveni, has made good his earlier threats that Ugandans will have to pay 200 shillings levy daily to access social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Viber.
Museveni personally pushed for the changes, arguing that social media was encouraging gossip around the country. He also argued the country was losing time and money when Ugandans spend their time on social media, and thus to deter them, the daily tax will see most of them seek more productive ways to use their time.
The parliament of Uganda has just passed the bill into law, making a very controversial tax plan for not just the country, but the continent of Africa and the world at large. The law takes full effect starting July 1.
However, there are doubts as to how the government will go on collecting those taxes. Given the fact the country is also struggling with ensuring all mobile phone SIM cars in the country are properly registered. Reports show that of the 23.6 million mobile phone subscribers, only 17 million have …read more