A difference in opinion among family members is something the African society rarely experiences but Allan Hendrik Ssali, the son to musician Bebe Cool, has stood his ground in disagreement with his father’s comments on the recently imposed social media tax.
Gagamel International boss Bebe Cool has of recent been in the headlines for various reasons but mostly for standing with the Ugandan government concerning the social media tax which was recently introduced on the use of social media services.
Introduction of the tax caused an uproar from all parts of the country and Bobi Wine, as the Kyadondo East constituency Member of Parliament spearheaded protests on the streets of Kampala to show dissatisfaction with the manner the tax had been imposed.
Bebe Cool on the other hand went vocal in support of the tax but his son thinks he is wrong this time round. While appearing on national TV, Hendrik revealed that he sides with the Kyadondo East MP about the taxes. He said;
I don’t have anything I share with Bobi Wine. We don’t have anything in common. I used to pick up Alfa from Kabojja and Solomon (Bobi’s son) used to greet me because he actually liked me a lot. So I don’t have a problem with Bobi Wine though I have to have my limit; but not to hate. I spread love not hate.
At the end of the day if they impose tax, it depends on why they are doing so. They have to explain to the people. All those who are striking need to know why they are being taxed. I don’t support it because I’m a programmer and I’m asking myself how me; the owner of the app, can benefit from this. I have so many questions. They just have to explain to us why they are taxing us. I don’t support the social media tax.
That puts him at the opposite end and his father on the other, not for the first time by the way since they have always disagreed on a couple of things despite sharing a very close father-son relationship.