Robina Nabanja, the Kakumiro Woman MP and a member of the Parliamentary Commission defended the move, saying it is right for the house to pay for the legislators OTT and provide them data since they are doing people’s work on Ipads provided through tax payer’s money.
Best Evaluated bidder for Provision of OTT and data services for Parliament
Parliament is to pay the Over the Top-OTT Tax
and provide monthly data bundles for each legislator.
A document seen by our reporter shows that parliament will pay
the monthly Shillings 6000 for OTT alias social media tax and Shillings 30,000
for 5GB data bundles for each of the 458
This means parliament will spend Shillings 197.8M annually on social media tax and data bundles.
MTN Uganda Limited emerged the best bidder, according to the bid documents
displayed on May 2nd, 2019.
Airtel Uganda and Africell Uganda were
eliminated in the preliminary stages of the restricted domestic bidding process.
Nabanja, the Kakumiro Woman MP and member of the Parliamentary Commission
defended the move, saying it is right for the house to pay for the legislator's OTT and provide them data since they are doing people’s work on Ipads provided
through tax payer’s money.
"This is purely work, we are working for Ugandans. That
is why MPs can put data and pay OTT for their personal phones and personal work. But for Parliament business and access to social media for Parliament business,
MPs are not supposed to inject in their money," she said.
Attempts to contact Parliament's Department of communications
was futile as the Director of Communications, Chris Obore couldn’t be reached
by the time of filing this story.
On May 30th last year, Parliament approved
the social media tax that requires every social media user in Uganda to pay
Shillings 200 to access social media pages such as Facebook, twitter and
The tax drew outrage from several Ugandans saying it would curtail
access to information.
Several legislators supported the social media
tax saying it would generate additional income for government.