Uganda social media tax challenged in court

Many Ugandans are unable to access social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook after the government directive to charge users took effect on July 1, 2018. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Users of these platforms are required to pay Sh5 (USh200) daily before they can access them.
  • State Minister for Finance David Bahati said the tax increases were needed to help Uganda pay off its growing national debt.
  • The law was passed despite stiff resistance from a section of young lawmakers.

A petition has been filed at Uganda’s Constitutional Court challenging the social media tax which took effect on Sunday.

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