Katikkiro Mayiga Condemns Mobile Money Tax

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Addressing the Buganda Lukiiko this afternoon at Bulange-Mengo, Mayiga said that the tax should completely be removed since Mobile Money is mostly used by the poor adding that taxing them for the service is irrational.

Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga has criticized the new Mobile Money tax describing it as unnecessary. Parliament had initially approved a one percent tax on each mobile money transaction, a rate which triggered national uproar when the taxes were effected on July 1.

Later, President Yoweri Museveni said that there was a miscommunication on the mobile money tax guiding that it should have been 0.5 percent on specific transactions.

Addressing the Buganda Lukiiko this afternoon at Bulange-Mengo, Mayiga said that the tax should completely be removed since Mobile Money is mostly used by the poor adding that taxing them for the service is irrational.
 
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In this case, the government is expected to prepare a new Bill to highlight adjusts made by the president or any other changes, present it to the cabinet for endorsement and later table the amended Bill before the House for consideration. 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.