Ugandans must cough up 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.05) a day to make use of common platforms like Twitter, Fb and WhatsApp.
Museveni stated he’ll signal the invoice handed by the nation’s parliament as soon as introduced for his approval.
“Expensive Uganda, I cannot hesitate to signal the Social Media Invoice into regulation as soon as it lands on my desk. Social Media invoice is looking for to tax each Ugandan utilizing all social media platforms, Fb, Twitter, Insta, WhatsApp each day,” Museveni stated in a tweet.
Parliamentary spokesman Chris Obore defended the regulation which comes into impact July 1, saying that as extra Ugandans use social media it ought to grow to be an essential income for the nation.
“The federal government is attempting to not over depend on donor funding. It’s only a redistributive tax as the federal government is out to search for cash from those that need to finance initiatives,” Obore informed CNN.
He added: “The tax may be very small. 200 shillings in Uganda to a greenback may be very negligble. Individuals in Uganda won’t discover it too costly.”
Nonetheless, many Ugandans on social media see the tax as a authorities crackdown on free speech.