Unreasonable taxes expose Uganda’s generational divide crisis

Allan's Wordy World

The first day of July came a crude surprise for  some of us. Just a few minutes after midnight those of us who were within the borders of Uganda found ourselves unable to access several internet sites because they had been categorised as ‘over-the-top’ services and slapped with a bizarre tax of UGX200 per day. Those who pulled the plug (Telecoms) took a while to get their houses in order and for a number of hours the internet in general was a mess and the USSD code for paying the tax (OTT tax) seemed not to work.

I eventually managed to pay the tax so as to access the over 50 social media sites that had been blocked. Yes  the number is over 50. Think of any social media site and it is there on that list. So it is not just Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter or Instagram. Even LinkedIn, Skype and…

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