Uganda government sued over social media tax

5 concerned citizens and a Technology company; Cyberlaw Initiative have petitioned the Constitutional court for orders to annul the new social media tax of shillings 200 per day which is to be paid by all internet users.

The five citizens are: Opio Daniel Bill, Baguma Moses, Okiror Emmanuel, Silver Kayondo and Raymond Mujuni.

The new tax is known as Over the Top. (OTT) .

The petitioners have sued the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) accusing it of giving an enabling environment for URA to collect this tax since yesterday and the AG to explain why Government does not offer free internet services to its citizens.

The group claims the tax is politically motivated since it was passed with no meaningful public participation, hinders freedom of speech, economic growth, innovation and will have a negative impact on online media.

The petitioners also contend that the new tax if not annulled, will curtail business start-ups and affect job seekers thereby infringing on the economic rights of citizens.

The social media tax was approved and passed by parliament for the Financial years 2018/2019 and as of Yesterday 1st/July, access to the internet was limited to users who have paid the 200 shillings.

The citizens now ask the Constitutional court to declare that the tax is illegal and issue immediate orders stopping Government from levying it and barring URA from collecting the same. 

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