By Cohen Mwesigwa
KAMPALA. Kampala Mobile Money Dealers Association (KMDA) members took off from Sekatawa Hotel when police pounced on them while addressing journalists against the 1 percent tax imposed on their business.
“You did not get permission to be here, disperse,” a Police cadet trainee who did not identify himself ordered. The directive left the dealers scampering in different directions.
Asked by journalists why disperse the meeting, he said, “Go to the Police Public Relations Officer.” No arrests were made during the scuffle.
A day earlier on Wednesday, Kyadondo East, Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulyanyi led a demonstration at the Constitutional Square but sneaked from Police
Before police dispersed the mobile money media briefing, the dealers requested government to halt the collection of the mobile money tax until parliament I done.
Mr Tom Katamba, KMDA member said, “We call on government to halt the collection of the tax as Parliament reviews it. If our plea is not addressed we shall abandon the business. “
Mr Mathias Lukyamuzi, the chairman KMDA, called on President Museveni to listen to their plight.
“We are grateful to the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda for the promise to parliament to review the tax. But we are not happy that the very Members of Parliament who endorsed the tax are the very people handling the matter again. We request the Speaker of Parliament to invite us to be part of the desecrations. We want to be party when the matter is being discussed. Let the President know that he is not getting correct information. We want to meet him and put our accross,” he said.