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Two arrested over social media tax protest as Prime Minister addresses Parliament on new tax

Police have arrested two people during the  protest against a tax imposed on social media users.(COURTESY PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Police on Wednesday arrested two people who were protesting against a tax imposed on social media users.
The protesters engaged police at City Square in Kampala where many were dispersed while David Lule 34, and Julius Katongole were arrested.

The protesters had reached the Constitutional Square on their march to Parliament when the police intercepted them, sparking off the police shooting bullets.

The demonstration was led by Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. These people have been protesting the recent passing and implementation of the Mobile Money and Social media tax.

Those in the protest said the tax is killing youth innovation and entrepreneurship

The Mobile Money tax of 0.5percent and the daily Shs200 social media tax came into effect on July 1 with government saying the new taxes are meant to improve on the service delivery.

The group which includes politicians, civil society activists and various professionals have been criticizing the new taxes and vowed to protest.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said the two are held for inciting violence, assault and holding unlawful processions.

Meanwhile the leader of government business in Parliament, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda is set address Parliament on the new OTT and Mobile Money Tax.

 

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