It has been discovered that Parliament is to pay monthly Shillings 6000 for OTT alias social media tax and Shillings 30,000 for 5GB data bundles for each of the 458 legislators.
This means parliament will spend Shillings 16 million on the social media tax and Shillings 197 annually in data bundles.
MTN Uganda Limited is alleged to have emerged the best bidder, according to the bid documents displayed on May 2nd, 2019 in Parliament, Airtel and Africell were eliminated in the preliminary stages.
Robina Nabanja, the Kakumiro Woman MP and member of the Parliamentary Commission defended the move, saying it is right for the house to pay for the legislator’s OTT and provide them data since they are doing people’s work.
On May 30th last year, Parliament approved the social media tax that requires every social media user in Uganda to pay Shillings 200 to access social media pages such as Facebook, twitter and instagram.