Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu known as Bobi Wine is still resistant in issues regarding decrease of social media tax. While in Parliament yesterday on the 2nd of October, the discussion about reducing mobile money tax was the topic of the day, though agreements about reducing 50% was pending.
With the increased taxes that are imposed on Ugandans, ”People Power” led by Bobi Wine has become a blockage towards the Government.
Bobi Wine Laments That The Gov’t Turned A Deaf Ear About OTT.
This is what Bobi Wine posted while on Social media.
“Today I attended Parliament after some time, for the sole purpose of making our voice heard on the mobile money tax. The government has deliberately avoided a discussion on the social media tax!
Majority of the NRM Members of Parliament voted to maintain the mobile money tax. 164 MPs voted in favor of the tax while 124 of us voted to have it scrapped. I know that we are all disappointed but not surprised.
Once again, a majority of our elected representatives ignored the cries and pleas of the common person. I have made it clear to my colleagues that we must learn to side with the people or the people will despair. They cannot continue to further oppress the already oppressed citizens of this country.
I must appreciate all colleague MPs who voted for the removal of the tax. Special thanks to the many NRM MPs who defied the intimidation and voted with the people. From experience, we know that they will be persecuted for taking a contrary stand. But I know that the reward for doing what is right always outweighs any form of persecution.
Ultimately, all these things emphasise what I have been saying- our redemption will not come from anywhere else. It will come from us. We only need to realise that all power lies with us. If our own MPs, elected by us, cannot listen to us on anything, including redeeming us from exploitative taxes, then we must realise that WE ARE ON OUR OWN and work each day to liberate ourselves. No one else will do. Teli kuzikiza.
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