By Peter ssebulime
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Three Telecom companies have been dragged to court over illegal collections of the 1% taxes on mobile money transactions.
Turyakira John Robert and Odur Anthony both citizens of Uganda through their lawyer Eron Kiiza filed a petition to High Court Civil Division on Thursday requesting for an immediate 100% digital refund of the same with interest and general damages.
The sued Telecom companies include Airtel-Uganda, MTN-Uganda and Africell, who they accuse of being used as agents to defraud Ugandans of their property in terms money thus the same should be used to refund the same to all affected citizens immediately.
They also want the errors made in the making, passing and implementing of this law to collect the same taxes to be corrected swiftly as it was implemented.
On his part, one of the petitioners Mr.Turyakira John Robert appealed to the public to join their cause. “Let the legal battle begin now,they must return our money. Please join us all to fight for our Rights” Turyakira posted on The Pan-African pyramid WhatsApp group, where he is a member.
The revelation has come at a time when the Prime Minister Dr.Ruhama Rugunda told parliament on Wed.that government was reviewing the same, which amendment they would table soon before parliament next week.
Recently President Museveni came out and disputed the 1% taxes charged on transfer, receiving and withdraw of mobile money saying that the rightful figure was 0.5% and it was still a matter for discussion.