A Uganda tech company has filed a lawsuit against the Ugandan government in regards to a new social media tax, which went into effect last Sunday.
The tax means Ugandans will now have to pay 200 Ugandan shillings to access Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp.
In the lawsuit, Uganda’s government is accused of breaching the principles of Net neutrality and the petitioners want Uganda’s Constitutional court to overturn the government’s decision to charge the unpopular tax and “declare it as illegal, null and void.”
Angry Ugandans have turned to social media to complain about the new tax with others even storming the country’s parliament in protest before being arrested, local media reported.
The men said they had no income and used services such as WhatsApp to communicate with their course tutors.
President Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986, has reportedly introduced the bill because he says social media encourages gossip.
Fewer Ugandans have been online since Sunday, and one described it as “absolute torture.”
Many say the tax will affect their livelihood while others see it as double taxation as a 1% tax is also being applied to mobile money transactions.