Arrests in Uganda Mobile Money Protest, Agents Announce Strike


The Uganda police fired live ammunition and tear gas into the air in an attempt to break up a demonstration in the country's capital of Kampala in protest of the country's new imposition of taxes on mobile money transfers and Over The Top (OTT) applications usage which targets social media apps. A leader of the protest and member of parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi - better known as an actor and singer "Bobi Wine", narrowly escaped arrest while his brother, Kampala Central Division politician Fred Sentamu Nyanzi, better known as Chairman Nyanzi, was taken into custody by the Uganda police. Earlier protests have been reported to include the arrest of several mobile money dealers.

Uganda's English speaking radio station, KFM, reported that the Kampala Mobile Money Dealers Association announced a strike by mobile money agents, shutting down for up to two weeks. Several mobile money locations outside of the country's capital were also reported to under a lock down as part of the "This Tax Must Go" protest.

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