By; Olivia Nabaggala
The Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga has challenged government over the newly introduced tax on mobile money.
Addressing the Buganda Lukiiko at Bulange Mengo Katikiro Mayiga noted, he is still confused with the tax because it was expected that the mobile money agents would be the ones to pay for the tax but not the sender and the receiver.
He said that even the proposed 0.5% tax reduction from the 1% tax by President Yoweri Museveni should be removed because it’s not necessary.
Last week government revealed plans of revising the mobile money tax of 1% that was slapped on mobile money in the financial year 2018/2019.
On July 1, 2018 government implemented the new Excise duty Act and Over the Top services tax of 200/= to whoever wants to access internet taxes that have since generated heighted debts with many mobile money users that include professionals and civil society groups calling for boycotting the use of such services if government does not remove them.
On the issue of the LCI elections Mayiga urged Ugandans to vote for responsible leaders but challenged government over the commercialization of the election citing the giving out of UGX 3 million to each NRM MP to facilitate the election in his constituency.
He said, this is total abuse of an electoral process meant to depict people’s rights and freedom to a democratic electoral process.