Tear gas, broken windows and Arrests break out during #ThisTaxMustGo protest in Uganda.
Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East, Robert Kyagulanyi commonly known as Bobi Wine early on Wednesday, 11th.July.2018, launched his ‘peaceful’ demonstration against the new social media and Mobile Money tax law.
The demonstration attracted activists who include journalists, opposition legislators, artists and civil society officials and it started with a match from down-town Kampala to constitutional square.
On 1st.July. 2018, internet users started paying Ush200 to access social media platforms and 1% excise duty on mobile money transactions hence forth the demonstration.
However, Uganda Police force fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators and made arrests to clear Kampala road as it had caused a lot of traffic jam and chaos on the road.
The tear gas canister ended up in a near-by building next to Crane Bank, breaking and cracking glasses on the building.
During the demonstration, Robert Kyagulanyi’s brother Chairman Nyanzi was arrested and taken into police custody as the videos below show.
While at Central police station (CPS), officer Luke Owoyesigyire told Doberre, that two demonstrators (identified as Lule David- a Dj in Kampala and Katongole Julius- a seminary student ) were arrested on charges of assaulting police officials and holding unlawful assemblies.
He also said that they are looking for Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi who lead the protest.
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President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Museveni issued a statement saying the tax on mobile money was 0.5 per cent – and not 1 per cent as the Finance Ministry had announced.
The government said it imposed the tax to increase domestic budget financing instead of depending on foreign aid which is becoming expensive.