Prime minister Rugunda Backs Government Decision to Tax Social Media
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Livingstone Rugunda, has said the decision by the government to slap new taxes on social media platforms is aimed of generating resources that will empower the government to work on critical projects that are important to for the development of the country.
In the letter dated 12th March 2018 to Finance Minister Matia Kasaija, President Yoweri Museveni ordered that the proposed tax measures on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Viber seek to help the government raise between Shs400 billion and Shs1.4 trillion from social media users annually.
Kasaija explained that the directives in the President’s letter are “a Cabinet directive” and that the details will be contained in the new tax bills to Parliament.
However, addressing a press conference yesterday at his home in Upper Bugongi in Kabale municipality, Rugunda said that president Museveni proposal to slap taxes on media platforms is to help to generate resources to work on critical projects such as infrastructures, fulfilling government promises and other programs that are vital for the development of the country.
He said that the proposal will help to widen the tax base in order to finance government projects not to undermine individual freedoms and
expressions. Rugunda added that the tax proposal does not aim at exploiting local people but will be imposed on those who can afford to use social media platforms.