The government has imposed a social media tax on citizens who use social media like Facebook, WhatsApp and others.
On Sunday, many Ugandans were unable to access social media platforms after the government's directive to charge users took effect.
Recall that last month, Uganda’s parliament passed new laws that introduced a new tax for use of popular social media platforms which include WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Yahoo Messenger, Instagram, YouTube, Skype, and others.
Henceforth, citizens who use these platforms are required to pay UGX200 (52 cents) daily before they can access them.
“Many Ugandans online unable to access social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp following the government’s directive to tax users UGX 200 daily before they can access them. The directive was effected today (Sunday) at midnight,” according to a Tweet by NTV Uganda.
President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encourages gossip.
Meanwhile, citizens have resorted to using Virtual Private Networks in a bid to dodge government’s social media tax. Even this, the government has promised to block.