Ugandans raise volume on social media tax protests

What you need to know:

  • Donati Kusemererwa, 53, owns a shop in Kampala's Kikuubo commercial district and said that protesters had stationed a public address system outside his business.
  • Earlier this month Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said that the government would review the tax after angry opposition but ministers have since vowed to continue with the levy.

Campaigners against Uganda's tax on social media have been broadcasting calls on loudspeakers urging users not to pay the levy, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with police, witnesses said on Tuesday.
Since the start of July, access to social media networks, as well as dating sites Tinder and Grindr, has been blocked unless users pay a 200-shilling ($0.05, 0.04 euro) daily tax.
In an unusual protest, a recorded message was broadcast from loudspeakers on Monday at strategic points across the capital Kampala, according to witnesses.

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