World most popular social media Facebook has maintained its stance on social media tax recently introduced in Uganda warning that Uganda’s competitiveness on the global scene will suffer should the country continue taxing social media usage in the country.
Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s public policy manager for Africa, said the recently introduced tax which became effective on July 1, is dangerous for ICT growth.
“I am not sure the way OTT is being implemented in Uganda is what works. In fact, I am pretty sure it is not what works,” Boakye said.
He was speaking on Wednesday at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala an ICT symposium which was also a part of the commemorative activities as Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) celebrated its 20 years of regulating the communications sector in Uganda.
He warned other countries worldwide
including those in the United Kingdom, Asia, Latin America against emulating Uganda in taxing the social media adding that Uganda will remain a lame duck.
He added that that a united Africa, with a population of 1.3 billion people would look more attractive for investors such as Google, Facebook among other multinational companies.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has, however, continuously defended the social media tax, saying social media is a waste of money on foreign firms.
“The social media users have no right to squander the dollars I earn from my coffee , my milk etc by endlessly donating money to foreign telephone Companies through chatting or even lying and, then, they are allergic to even a modest contribution to their country whose collective wealth they are misusing,” said Museveni in a statement recently.
Museveni also said social media is not a necessity but a luxury which should be taxed to generate funds for the government.