Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has Wednesday alongside opposition MPs walked to Central Police Station [CPS] in Kampala to answer police summons.
Police summoned Bobi Wine for holding an illegal assembly by leading a group of protesters against the Shs200 daily social media and mobile money tax.
According to the summons made through a July 13, 2018 letter addressed to the speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, Bobi Wine faces charges of assault, illegal assembly and theft of Police handcuffs.
The Officer in-Charge Criminal Investigations Kampala Central Police station (CPS), Joshua Tusingwire, asked Bobi Wine to appear at CPS today, Wednesday at 9am.
It is alleged that during the protest, the Divisional Police Commander (DPC) CPS Kampala, Joseph Bakaleke was assaulted and his handcuffs stolen.
This afternoon, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, MP Gilbert Olanya, MP Francis Zake, among others, stormed Kampala streets to escort Bobi Wine to police.
A section of opposition MPs led by @winniekiiza1 are escorting The kyadondo East mp @HEBobiwine to central police station following summons issued against him following last week #SocialMediaTax demo @observerug pic.twitter.com/3vVGHZeHmN
— nicholas Bamulanzeki (@bamulanzeki) July 18, 2018
Addressing press at parliament earlier, Kiiza called on government to totally abandon the tax on Mobile money and social media.
Kiiza says the tax limits Ugandans from enjoying opportunities presented with social media.
“We are refusing instances of one meeting pay as you earn, pay as you send money and pay as you receive money. This tax is uncalled for and is demotivating,” she told press at parliament.
She insisted the tax is illegal saying it is levied on a tax already, that’s why government doesn’t have a specific name to give it, they are calling it ‘over the top’ because they are charging over the taxes already paid for the airtime.
[Pictures credit: Nicholas Bamulanzeki/The Observer]