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#ThisTaxMustGo Uganda's parliament clarifies on not paying social media tax for MPs

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Uganda's parliament makes clarification

play Uganda's parliament clarifies on not paying social media tax for MPs (Courtesy)

Uganda's parliament has reacted to the "incorrect reports" that MPs want the August House to pay their social media tax.

On Thursday, MP Kaps Fungaroo complained to the Speaker of Parliament that he is unable to access social media apps like Twitter and Facebook on his official iPad saying parliament is not paying the controversial social media tax.

The UGX200 daily tax came into effect on July 1st sparking protests in Uganda's capital, Kampala.

Also Read: Ugandan lawmakers ask Parliament to pay their social media tax

Parliament has responded to the reports saying that the iPads were provided by the Parliamentary Commission to facilitate legislative duties and remain the property of Parliament.

The office of the clerk elaborated that data contracts were signed before social media tax came into effect and it's only the service provider which can load data on the MPs iPads.

The MPs are already paying the tax on their "personal communication gadgets", according to the response from Parliament.

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