Uganda says it has introduced a 12% tax on internet data, potentially hiking prices for online access in the east African country where consumers are already paying some of the world’s highest internet costs. Data costs in African countries are high relative to other regions, a fact blamed for slow internet penetration and limited use even for those connected, according to digital advocacy group the World Wide Web Foundation. The ‘Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2021’ which introduced the 12% duty on internet data was passed. The government of President Yoweri Museveni has already been criticised for maintaining a ban on access to Facebook, which it cut off in January ahead of elections. Museveni was declared the winner of the Jan. 14 poll, but the United States has said the election was neither free nor fair, and has imposed travel sanctions on some officials.
Source: Economic Times