In response to the passage two new taxes on "over the top" (OTT) and mobile money which took effect on July 1, Whitehead Communications conducted a comprehensive survey between July 13 and 16 to obtain research on public opnion and the perceived impact of these taxes.
Of a survey of 2,600 Ugandans, 96% reported being either very much (13%) or extremely (83%) impacted by the 1% mobile money tax. While 93% mentioned that they used mobile money in the previous 6 months, 47% stated that they stopped using mobile money in July and 43% had transacted less money during the month. 38% of mobile money agents surveyed stated that they had ceased transacting mobile money in July with 57% transacting less money during the month. Opposition to the tax on mobile money was even more fierce than OTT, with 98% stating clear opposition (with 79% "strongly" opposing).