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Happening now: MPs absent as Prime Minister clarifies on social media tax

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda clarifies on social media tax live in the House.(FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA- An hour since Parliament was set to open for the 2nd session of the 5th sitting of the 10th Parliament which is supposed to kick off with the Prime Minister addressing the House on the OTT tax, most seats in Parliament remained empty, even as the Speaker called the sitting to order.

Even as Parliament prepared to reopen Wednesday afternoon, police was involved in scuffles with Ugandans who, led by Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi, took to the streets protesting the new tax as they marched to Parliament.

Since its introduction on July 1, 2018, the social media tax and Mobile Money tax h ve attracted public outrage. Which led to a number of MPs saying they did not understand the tax during debate. Other MPs, including Finance minister Matia Kasaija, who claimed the Bill was discussed in their absence.

Parliament was forced to publish verbatim what every MP said during the debate.

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