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  • We Are Worried About The Increasing Number of Under Age Prostitutes-Uganda Youth Council

    Youths in Uganda have expressed  worry over the increasing rate of under age females who engage in prostitution.

    According to  the chairperson of the youth council, Mr Shafik Kyagulanyi over 100 girls, a sizable number drop outs, are affected.

    "We are worried that the number of underage girls joining the sex workers network could increase because once we have the vice as part of the normal activities, many young girls could see it as an opportunity to make a living," Mr Kyagulanyi said.

    "Some of the young girls who have dropped out of school think that the sex workers earn quick money. We now have a fear that several young girls could get attracted to the vice which exposes them to HIV/Aids among other diseases," Mr. Kyagulanyi stated

  • Uganda Considers Review of Social Media Tax After Protests

    The Ugandan Government is planning to review the tax regime it recently introduced on Social Media.

    The government's decision is coming on the heels of street protests against the tax in the country's capital by Ugandans.

    According to the Prime Minister, Ruhakama Rugunda, the government had taken into consideration the  response of the public to the tax.

    "Government is now reviewing the taxes taking into consideration the concerns of the public and an amended bill will be debated on July 19," said Rugunda.

     A levy of Ush200 (or Sh6) per person on a daily basis was introduced by government, before users could be able to access WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Mobile internet users are required  to input a code on their phones to pay the charge before they are able to access social media sites.

  • Ugandan Lawmakers Propose Probe of Girls in Slave Camps in Dubai

    Members of the Ugandan Parliament have proposed the setting up of a special committee to look into the allegations of slave labour involving several girls from the country, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates(UAE).

    According to    the member representing Butambala in the Parliament, Mr Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi a visit Dubai by the lawmakers of Budget Committee, exposed a labour recruitment centre, "which for all intent and purpose resembles a well-organised slave market".

    Kiyumbi disclosed that when the committee visited Jaira state, it discovered girls from various countries, accommodated in several small buildings, patiently waiting to be sold to buyers with the ''highest bid''.

    He also stated that the girls were being maltreated, while lamenting that 16 of them  had committed suicide between February and August 2017.