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Uganda lawmakers vote to maintain contentious social media tax

Members of Parliament in Uganda have voted to maintain the contentious social media tax that erupted protests across the country a few months ago. The ruling political party in Uganda, the ruling National Resistance Movement voted 136 to 101 to maintain the tax on mobile money and social media services.

President Yoweri Museveni earlier ordered for the reduction of the initial imposed amount when Ugandan youths and human rights activists criticized the tax. It was reduced from 1% to 0.5%  adding that it will only be levied on withdrawals and not for persons ‘sending, receiving and depositing’ money as earlier passed by the country’s parliament.

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