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Activists Sue Government Over Social Media Tax :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Activists Sue Government Over Social Media Tax

Each social media user in Uganda is required to pay a daily levy of Shillings 200 to gain access to social media sites like whatsapp, facebook, instagram and telegram among others.
Eron Kiiza ,the lawyer of the petitioners

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Social media activists have sued government, Uganda Revenue Authority and Uganda Communications Commission over the newly introduced Over the Top tax-OTT alias social media tax.

The activities include Cyber Law Initiative Limited,   Raymond Mujuni, Daniel Bill Opio, Emmanuel Okiror, Moses Baguma and Silver Kayondo.

Each social media user in Uganda is required to pay a daily levy of Shillings 200 to gain access to social media sites like whatsapp, facebook, instagram and telegram among others. 

In their petition to the constitutional court through their lawyer, Eron Kiiza, the activists, say the tax, which became effective July 1, 2018 inhibits access to information especially on social media and thereby contravenes section 41 of the Constitution of Uganda. 

 

 

The section guarantees every Ugandan a right of access to information in the possession of the State or any other organ or agency of the State except where the release of the information is likely to prejudice the security or sovereignty of the State or interfere with the right to the privacy of any other person.

 

 

The petitioners contend that politically, imposing tax on social media is unnecessary and incompatible in a free and democratic society.  They want the constitutional court to declare the tax unlawful and stop government or its agents from enforcing it.

 

They also want court to issue a permanent order restraining government, her agencies and authorities and officials from collecting any consumer tax on internet or social media. 

 

 

Silver Kayondo, one of the petitioners, says the tax is likely to affect Ugandans commercially and politically.

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The Constitutional Court Registrar, Sarah Langa has received the petition and promised to allocate a judge to handle the matter once the respondents are served.

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