Uganda musicians blasts government over social media tax



Ugandan youths, including journalists, entertainers, entrepreneurs among others have rejected the new taxes levied on social media use and mobile money transactions.
According to Singer Dr. Hilderman stated that the tax is an impediment and a blockade against expression, interaction, access to information, finding job opportunities and entrepreneurship.
He adds that leaders have betrayed the poor people (Omuntu Wawanasi) since Ugandans have been using digital platforms to sell their music, get jobs and interact with each to earn a living.
Earlier  Apass had also attacked government over the new social media tax
“You are all grown up. We can not be paying for things that we use on our phones, those things are none of your business, our apps are none of your business because we already pay tax! The people who passed this law must grow up! This is not a just tax,” said a very bitter Apass.
Apass adds that government is just using this tax as a way of robbing money from Ugandans because they are not giving any income to the founders of the applications that they are taxing.
“Are you the owners of Facebook, Whats-app and Twitter? How much are you giving to the founders of these applications? Why do you want to benefit from someone else’s investments,” he questioned.
Apass has also added that Ugandans are still demanding musicians for public WiFi but they are ignoring such huge demands and robbing Ugandans of the little money that they have.
Apass has also asked the law makers to fully represent the needs of Ugandans because that is why they were voted. He also condemns their act to follow the presidents’ demands instead of the demands and needs of the majority Ugandans.
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