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MPS Join Civil Societies to Launch Campaign against Proposed Mobile Money Tax

Members of Parliament (MPs) have joined Civil Society Organisations to launch the new campaign against the proposed tax on Mobile Money.

The initiative was launched on Thursday morning at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

This comes weeks after the Ministry of Finance proposed to include a 1% tax on the value of transactions on Mobile Money for the FY 2018/2019.

Hon. Mbwatekamwa Gaffa (Bwamba County), Maxwell Akoram, Fred Baske (Ntenjeru South), Ajiro Maria Gorret (Kaberamaido District) and Denis Sabiti (Rubanda West) were some of the MPs present.

The MPs present signed in the petition book and pledged to reject the 1% tax, also, a pledge wall in show of support of the campaign against the tax was also signed on.

CSBAG ED Julius Mukunda

Speaking on the day, Hon. Jova Kamateeka noted: “I do not support this Tax proposal because it is going to distort our economy. I therefore urge fellow MPs to join this struggle so as the people we represent are not affected.”

Gaffa Mbwatekamwa urged the CSOs to take the campaign to the people who will in turn put pressure on their representatives.

He added: “This proposed tax is going to make the citizens stay away from Mobile Money and hence people will start to keep their savings in their homes and we all know the negative outcomes of such.

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So, the remaining alternative is banking but the problem is that the banks are not easily accessible in some areas in the country. This tax is set to make the poor become poorer.”

The MPs also urged fellow MPs who were absent to join the campaign

The campaign was launched under the theme: “Say no to Taxing Mobile Money Transactions.”

The campaign will see regional dialogues and radio talk shows held pertaining the matter, from May 7th to 11th.

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