Following the implementation of the social media tax on Sunday the 1st of July 2018, Ugandans were not amused as they tried out any possible means to evade this tax. Some opted for the use of virtual private networks (VPNs), some chose to pay the tax whereas some decided to quit social media especially those in the villages.
It is because of this matter that some of the top Kampala celebrities met at Hotel Africana 3 days ago to discuss ways of asking the government to call off this tax which majority of social media users are still not willing to pay over reasons that social media should be free to access just like it has been.
While at this meeting, the celebrities who included honourable Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu (Bobi Wine), A Pass, Salvado Idringi, Spice Diana among many others had given government up to 6th of July to have addressed these concerns but it however seems that their plea fell on government’s deaf ears.
Following government refusal to hear their cry, On Friday the 6th of July, these celebrities launched a peaceful campaign seeking the amendment to the excise duty act to levy taxes on social media use. This tax is supposed to be paid in order to access the Over The Top (OTT) services like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, IMO, Viber, Snapchat, Instagram among others.
“We are declaring Wednesday, 11 July, 2018 as a National Day of Peaceful Protest against Unfair Taxation. In this regard, we invite citizens to deliver petitions to their Members of Parliament and to dress up in red coloured attire as they go about their daily business.” Read part od the long statement that was issued after the meeting
At the meeting, celebrities were seen posing for photos with red cut outs with words reading “I Reject social media tax. This Tax Must Go”