Music artists Alexander Bagonza commonly known by his stage name, A Pass has said that he is excited and waiting to be picked up by police over social media and mobile money tax protests he participated in last year.
“My views about the social media tax and the protest against it have never changed one eye order, I stand with Bobi Wine and many other Ugandans on this and I personally don’t think he is in prison because of that particular protest, am waiting to be picked up”
This financial year, government introduced social media and mobile money tax. With Social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, Viber and Skype among others have been subjected to a daily levy of Shs200 as mobile money transaction have been subjected to a 0.5 per cent excise duty.
The tax sparked up protests from a cross section of Ugandans among whom were Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and other activists like journalists Joel Ssenyonyi, Raymond Mujuni, A Pass and others calling for trashing of the law.
Yesterday Mr. Kyagulanyi, was picked at Kalerwe market on his way to Kibuli Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) where he was summoned over allegations of breaching of police guidelines and traffic rules.
He was produced before Buganda Road Court Magistrate, Esther Nahirya and charged with disobedience of statutory duty contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act, committed in July 2018 and subsequently remanded to Luzira Maximum Prison.
Their counterpart Joel Ssenyonyi, said the only ‘crime’ Bobi Wine committed was to stand up against unfair taxation AND injustice.
“Many of us were happy to commit that ‘crime’ with him! As young people in various professions and fields of life, our resolve against injustice and bad governance in our country is stronger than ever.” Ssenyonyi said .