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Police Clashes With MP Bobi Wine, And Other Activists Over Social Media Tax Protest

Kampala – Uganda police on Wednesday found difficulties to stop Kyadondo East MP Kyagulanyi Robert aka Bobi Wine and a group of activists who were protesting against the newly introduced social media and mobile money transaction tax.

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On 1st July, the Ugandan government initiated a social media tax of UGX200 shillings per day, which begun working on users of social media giants like Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter etc and a 1% tax on Mobile Money transactions countrywide.

This morning, a group of activists led by Kyagulanyi Robert, commonly known as Bobi Wine, the group which included some musicians like Kiyaga Hillary ( Dr. Hilderman ), Mujuni Raymond ( Journalist from NBS ) and others flooded Kampala streets, heading to the Constitutional Square and begun protesting, before being battled by police on Kampala rd.

The Central Police Station DPC, Bakaleke Joseph and his police officers found a difficult time to arrest the group members, who proved to have come with a lot of force.

Police was forced to open teargas and shoot live bullets in the air to scatter the crowd that had come together, however, some few were arrested, according to the reports from Nile Post.

Before the police came in, Bobi Wine spoke to the journalists and said they wouldn’t accept such unfair taxes imposed against Ugandan people.

We are here to show our dissatisfaction over the inequitable way in which our country is being governed, but we’re not here to cause havoc. These taxes are oppressing Ugandans ,’’Bobi told journalists.

Two people have so far been arrested for holding illegal assemblies and inciting violence.

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