Hotel owners cry foul over social media tax

By Moses Ndhaye

The Uganda Hotel Owners Association has added voice to those opposing the newly introduced social media tax saying it will negatively affect development of the country’s hospitality industry.

The association’s executive director Jean Byamugisha is worried that the Shs 200 daily tax will inevitably raise the cost of doing business.

Byamugisha adds that the hotel business has been thriving on social media especially in marketing of its products.

Amnesty international has also described the tax as an attempt to undermine the right to freedom of expression which must be scrapped as soon as possible.

However, the Uganda Communications Commission says despite all contestations, government will not abandon this move that is expected to raise between Shs400bn and Shs1.4tn annually.