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Bobi Wine Arrested Over Anti-Social Media Tax Demo

Kyadondo East lawmaker, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has been arrested while leading a procession to parliament over the social media and mobile money taxes.

A cross section of artists and journalists took part procession on Wednesday morning called by Bobi Wine to protest the new taxes at the city square in the middle of the capital, Kampala.

It is not yet clear why Bobi Wine was arrested but the police have previously broken up opposition led demonstrations citing the public order management law that restricts public gatherings.

The beginning of this month saw the government introduce taxes on Mobile Money transactions and social media much to the chagrin of the population.

Whereas government argues that revenue collected would help reduce dependence on loans and finance it’s projects, opponents of the tax believe it’s unfair.

However, the president directed that the Mobile Money tax be reduced from 1% to 0.5%, a directive yet to be honored.

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