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Uganda Will Begin Imposing a 'Daily​ Tax on Social Media Users'

The government says it's part of a plan to raise revenue.

The Ugandan government will begin charging citizens a daily tax for their social media usage starting in July, reports Reuters.

Cell phone owners who use social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp will each be charged 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.027) per day. The imposed fee is said to be part of a government plan to raise revenue.

According to the Ugandan publication The Daily Monitor, President Yoweri Museveni, has said that the fee will be applied to people who use social media for "gossip."

"I am not going to propose a tax on internet use for educational, research or reference purposes...these must remain free," he was quoted as saying.


Activists are calling the plan another attempt by Museveni, who's been in power for over 30 years, to control freedom of expression. Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaija says the government earns from taxing citizens will benefit them in the long run.

"We're looking for money to maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently," he said.

In January, it was announced that Uganda would launch its own, state-run social media networks to rival Facebook and Twitter.

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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