Ugandan celebs have put up a united against the newly imposed social media tax with some even encouraging their fans to install Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) on their devices so as to avoid what many have described as an unfair tax.
Below is what some of the celebs have said about the tax:
“The whole idea of the tax is to curtail social media. The mood is crazy, people are angry! This is not political anymore, it’s a social problem and the people are asking for answers.”
“Mr.President, your excellence…Please go back to fighting for the well-being of the people …Why drain money out of the poor Ugandan?….A frustrated people is harder to lead…Nothing is as bad as a person that has nothing to lose!”
A Pass (artiste)
We can not be paying for things that we use on our phones, those things are none of your business, our apps are none of your business because we already pay tax! The people who passed this law must grow up! This is not a just tax.
The spirit of Ugandanism is like a forgotten son, I pray you find your way and remember the people you represent, how they live, what hurts them, how they survive on a daily basis and most importantly you try to remember the place where you come from. #PleaseMps
Patrick Idringi Salvado
I’m not a politician, I’m not the most influential person in Uganda neither I’m I famous, but I’ve managed to make rapport with the people who have contributed to who I am, THE PEOPLE… so when I see an injustice that directly affects the people, I will use my little position and influence to speak out.
We’ve been taken for granted enough… these MPs we sent to parliament have forgotten their primary Mandate… the arrogance that was spoken by most of them yesterday to an extent of one PiG saying “if they don’t want the tax let them die”…:
How easy do you forget you were sent there by the people you say must die????? Why why why…. my heart bleeds for every Ugandan, we entrust someone with all the power to represent us and the best they can say about an injustice is “let them die?”
People wake up.. we have the power..
Boycott Mobile money services and let’s see who will die. I’ve deactivated mine … Do you know you lose 14000 sending money to someone from Kyaliwajjala to town and the person loses 7000 receiving it? Yet sending the money using safe or Uber Boda or even your local Boda guy is for the same distance is about 7000… Banange naffe twedeko people … it’s time we acted. #PeoplePowerOurPower #OurPowerPeoplePower #ThisTaxMustGo #SiliMusanyufu #WeShallOvercome
Hannington Bugingo (Comedian)
I will not use Mobile Money services anymore till further notice. I won’t accept to b cheated while I watch.
We have the power as citizens of this country to say no to unfair and unjust laws.
We have been paying high taxes on the airtime and data we buy plus the high mobile money charges bt this new 1% Apaana.
You too stop Stop using all Mobile Money services.The citizens’ power will be felt cause thy will lose Billions of Shillings.
Spice Diana, artiste
You might think that Shs200,000 0r Shs250,000 is small money but to some people that we sing for out there, it is really like so much….if our fans are not all over. If they are not on social media i think it hinders our promotion.
(Spice Diana’s point might have gotten lost somewhere with the figures but well we hope you get the point.)
The usually quiet but active Facebook user, Lydia Jazmine was commenting on all posts by her colleagues saying, “Point”. She, however, did not put up any post about the tax on her timeline.