Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has this afternoon been grilled over allegations of assaulting police officers, holding illegal assembly and theft of handcuffs.
On his way to Central Police Station (CPS), Bobi wine was escorted by Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza, Kilaka South MP Gilbert Olanya, Mityana Municipality legislator Francis Zaake, Kasese Municipality’s MP Robert Centenary, Rukungiri Woman MP, Betty Muzanira, Kasambya County legislator, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, friends and activities as he walked for interrogations.
In summons that were last week delivered through Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, the controversial legislator was today required to appear at CPS to explain what transpired on July 13, 2018 when he led a group of activists in protest against the social media and mobile money tax.
In a social media post Kyagulanyi said, “I am still delayed here at CPS simply because police is scared of the crowds outside the station yet I have explained to them that I have to be in Parliament for legislation,”
Their procession to CPS follows a media briefing that was held at parliament castigating social media and mobile money tax. They contended that tax is illegal and should be abandoned.
This financial year, government introduced social media and mobile money tax. Social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and Skype among others have been subjected to a daily levy of Shs200 as mobile money transaction have been subjected to a 1 per cent excise duty.
Upon implementation, a group of activities led by Kyagulanyi , NTV’s news anchor Joel Ssenyonyi, NBS TV’s reporter Raymond Mujuni among other individuals declared the tax a barrier to financial inclusion and they launched hash tag ‘This tax must go’ on which they relayed people to join the peaceful demonstration.