The Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga says she doesn’t believe that the public should pay OTT for the MPs. While addressing journalists at parliament on Thursday, Kadaga promised to find out those behind the decision and scrutinize the contract.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has
disagreed with the decision of the Parliamentary Commission to pay the Over the
According to bid documents seen by URN,
parliament will pay the month Shillings 6000 OTT alias social media tax and
provide 5GB data bundles for each of 458 legislators at Shillings 30,000.
This means parliament will spend Shillings
197.8M annually on social media tax and the data bundles. MTN
Uganda Limited emerged the best bidder, according to the bid documents
displayed on May 2nd, 2019.
Airtel Uganda and Africell Uganda were
eliminated in the preliminary stages of the restricted domestic bidding
However, the Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga says she doesn’t
believe that the public should pay OTT for the MPs.
journalists at parliament on Thursday, Kadaga promised to find out those behind
the decision and scrutinize the contract.
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Kadaga’s statement come a day after Robinah Nabanja, a member of the parliamentary commission defended the
decision to pay OTT and provide data bundles for the legislators.
Nabanja said it was okay for parliament to pay
for the tax since the Ipads the MPs use belong to parliament and they use them
for official work.
She likened the Ipads to someone hired to dig a using hoe,
saying they are not expected to bring their own hoes.
On Thursday, Peter Ogwang, the Commissioner in
charge of Finance in the parliamentary Commission also defended the decision,
saying just like Parliament buys internet for its computers in the house they
are also extending that service to pay the OTT tax for the MPs Ipads and not
their private phones.
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Parliament approved the social media tax that requires every
social media user in Uganda to pay Shillings 200 to access social media pages
such as Facebook, twitter and instagram on May 30th last year.
tax drew outrage from several Ugandans, saying it would curtail access to
information. Several legislators supported the social media tax, saying
it would generate additional income for government.