Bobi Wine arrested by the police, freed by locals
Dramatic scenes were witnessed in Kampala on Wednesday as police broke up a protest by activists against the recently introduced tax on social media and mobile money.
Activists that included Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, journalists Raymond Mujuni and Joel Ssenyonyi plus comedian Eddie Bugingo marched on Kampala streets holding one another in arms as a show of their resolve to march on against the tax.
Under a hashtag #ThisTaxMustGo the activists intend to force the government to revisit the Excise Duty (Amendment) Act under which the taxes were introduced.
Since the beginning of the current financial year on July 1, social media users are required to pay Shs 200 per day to access the social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Viber and Instagram among others.
Mobile money transactions on the other hand are charged a levy of 0.5% per transaction.
Donning red attires, the activists marched towards the Constitutional square in Kampala where a ruthless police waited with teargas and kiboko.
About 10 policemen surrounded the Kyadondo East MP and arrested him, but before they could lead him to the Central Police Station, an army of youths confronted the cops.
A fight ensued between the cops and the youths who were on a mission to free the self proclaimed Ghetto president.
In the melee, Bobi Wine slipped from the police hands and disappeared into one of the nearby buildings were changed his attire and jumped on a waiting boda boda that whisked him away.
The cyclist took him to Parliament from where he told the police not to look at him as someone fighting them but instead one who is fighting for them.