On Monday, 2nd July 2018, 6 people by the names of Bill Daniel, Okiror Emmanuel, Baguma Moses, Kayondo Silver ( Lawyer ) including NBS journalist, Mujuni Raymond and Cyber Law Initiative Limited presented a petition in the constitutional court in Kampala due to the social media tax suing the Uganda Communications Commission ( UCC ), Uganda Revenue Authority ( URA ) and Attorney General.
In their appeal, this group says they’re passionate social media owners claiming that section 3(b) and 6(c) of the Excise Duty that imposes a daily two hundred shillings violates the constitution, according to Nile Post.
This means if you are not economically empowered, it might not be easy for someone to access social media sites like before, ‘says the petitioners.
Social media tax limits access to socialization sites!
The group insists that social media tax limits access to social media platforms, as a result, there’s violation of the right to freedom of expression, information, political mobilization, public participation and peaceful assembly.
The group continued and said the new tax makes things difficult economically and tightens online entertainment of fundamental human rights which are not obstructed offline.
We want the constitutional court to issue orders saying that social media tax is unconstitutional and illegal, it should stop UCC and the government from charging it from Ugandan people. It’s our right to access free internet, according to the group.
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