Kampala - Police in Uganda fired teargas on Wednesday to disperse a small crowd of protesters demonstrating against new taxes including a levy on access to social media platforms, a police spokesman told Reuters.
Starting with the 2018/19 (July-June) financial year, the government introduced several new taxes and hiked existing ones to try to increase government revenue and finance public infrastructure.
A crowd of about 200 people wearing red T-shirts and shouting "Power! Power" as they marched through downtown Kampala was dispersed after police tried to arrest an independent lawmaker critical of President Yoweri Museveni, a Reuters witness said.
Two of the new taxes, one on access to social media and a second on transactions on Mobile Money, have both stoked widespread outrage from telecom firms' customers.
Mobile Money is a cell phone-borne service popular in Uganda and across East Africa and is used to transmit cash between individuals and effect payments for goods and services.