Unbelievable as it sounds, Ugandans have been paying taxes to access social media sites and even dating sites like Tinder and Grindr, since June 1st. To access these social networking sites, Ugandans have to part with $0.05 daily as a tax.
Despite the government’s best attempts to make the matter seem normal, Ugandans are still resisting two months later after the tax were officially enacted. Protesters have taken to campaign in the streets of the capital Kampala calling on citizens to resist paying the taxes.
The police have come down on such protester with a heavy hand, with some accusing the authorities of using excessive force and being very brutal. Nonetheless, the campaigners have not relented in their quests. Instead, they have resorted to innovative means to protest.
Using voice recording, the protesters are now placing loudspeakers at strategic locations around Kampala calling out for people to refrain from paying the taxes.
“Don’t pay tax on social media and mobile money transactions. It hurts our pockets and is driving us into poverty,” said the voice recording from the loudspeakers.
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