By Edwin Muhumuza
Civil society organizations have petitioned parliament through the leader of opposition demanding that she represents their views to scrap off tax on Mobile Money and Social Media in parliament.
They want the 0.5% tax recently reviewed by government rejected by parliament according to vice chairperson of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group,Elliot Ruzarwa,who was flanked by members of the Uganda Debt Network,Mobile Dealers Association of Kampala and the Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI)
Opposition leader in parliament Hon.Winnie Kizza as she received the petitions was doubtful that colleagues from the NRM Party will side with the wider public to reject taxes on Mobile Money and Social Media. She accused most of the NRM Mps of refusing to use common sense during deliberations on matters of national importance.
Relatedly,Bukoto East MP,Florence Namayanja has accused NRM MPs of being selfish following their unanimous approval of a 0.5% tax on Mobile Money and shs.200 on social media yesterday as they caucused at Entebbe State House.
President Museveni, who had earlier signed into law the one per cent charge on all Mobile Money transactions, has since rescinded the decision and said it should be at 0.5 per cent after a large section of the public, a potential voting pool, argued that it was tantamount to double taxation.